Learn to do good, seek justice. Correct the oppressor. Defend the rights of the FATHERLESS child. - Isaiah 1:17

the system failed her...


GUARDIAN ad LITEMS in Virginia are under-educated and are not held accountable to follow the law and policy governing them.   

Charles Johnson was the GAL appointed to the custody dispute filed by Anjelica's father in 2010, after a career criminal moved into the mother's home, almost directly out of prison.

Charles Johnson failed to diligently investigate the background of this man - convicted of, and indicted by a grand jury for, MANY violent crimes.

Mr. Johnson reported the lies told to him, as the truth, and in his report, he downplayed the mad man's criminal record.

The requirements to be a GAL in Virginia are:
- 7 hours of training as an attorney
- 6 hours of continuing education every 2 years
- assist an existing GAL in 2 cases


- Virginia law sets very specific standards, for GALS to adhere to.  There is NO ACCOUNTABILITY when they inevitably fail.

- the BAR also has a professional code of conduct, which GALs must follow, but the BAR has NO REMEDY for failure of a GAL.

- Complaints regarding Anejlica's GAL , CHARLES JOHNSON have been fruitless, both during trial and after.  Chief Judge of the court did nothing and the BAR referred to the Chief Judge.
 - After an informal written complaint to Chief Judge Joe Massey in January 2011, Charles Johnson continued as a GAL until 2015.

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FAMILY COURT JUDGEJOSEPH P. MASSEY who gave Anjelica to a career violent criminal, and took her from her dad, operated FAR outside the STATUTES,  the CANONS, and the BENCH BOOK which govern him.

Thusfar - NO ACCOUNTABILITY

Judge JOSEPH MASSEY was the custody judge in 2010 when Anjelica's father tried to get her out of the home with the  career criminal who knew the mother for TWO WEEKS, when he moved in.

Judge Joe Massey (#RESIGNJudgeJoeMassey) failed to follow the law and protect my daughter:

- He overlooked EVERY PROVISION of Virginia's Best Interest code
(see 12.28.17 complaint)

- He failed to respond to valid complaints about the GAL, Charles Johnson

According to Virginia's Judicial Canons (Can.3-D.2), the presiding judge HAS AN OBLIGATION to take "appropriate action when a lawyer (a GAL is a lawyer) violates the Professional Code."

- He failed to consider what was BEST for Anjelica and her sisters

- JUDGE MASSEY IGNORED THE HISTORY OF FAMILY ABUSE THAT WESLEY HADSELL HAD and TOOK ANJELICA FROM HER FATHER, GIVING HER TO WH - WITHOUT GOOD REASON.


 


5.4.17 - detailed complaint to chief judge re: g.a.l. charles johnson


     12.9.17 - bar complaint - re: gal c. johnson


12.27.17 - Response fr. bar re: c. johnson complaint


10.26.17 - Response fr Judicial commission re: massey complaint


12.28.17 - 2nd JIRC complaint re: judge massey


consider this:

82.2% of 'custodial parents' are the mothers
1 in every 3.4 children live with a 'custodial parent'
https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/P60-255.pdf
https://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p60-246.pdf

About 1700 children  are murdered  in the US each year.    
Over *50%  are killed by the mother and/or her partner (non-father).

"Preschoolers living with one natural and one stepparent were 40 TIMES MORE LIKELY to become CHILD ABUSE cases..." http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0162309585900123

"Children residing in households with unrelated adults were nearly 50 TIMES AS LIKELY TO DIE OF INFLICTED INJURIES than children residing with 2 biological parents"
  
U.S. CHILD HOMICIDE  (ACF - 2014).
1580 avg. no. per year - 2.13 per 100,000
Father - 15%
Mother - 28%
Mother and Non-Parent - 11%
Mother and Father - 22% (often actually step-father)
Mother's Male Partner - 3% (under reported)
Non-Parent (other than Mother's Male Partner) - 13%
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/cm2014.pdf
https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/fatality.pdf

Children Living in Home with UNRELATED ADULT - 50 times more likely to be a  HOMICIDE VICTIM
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/116/5/e687.full

- 1,850,000 children living in VA (22% of the population)
- 1,000,000 households have children under 18
- 9578 Founded Child Abuse Cases in Virginia in 2017 (1 in every 208 children)
- 668 Founded Child Abuse Cases in NORFOLK, VA in 2017 (1 in every 91 children)
http://www.dss.virginia.gov/files/about/reports/children/cps/all_other/2017/Abuse_and_Neglect_by_Locality_SFY2017_mod1.pdf

96% of 'Custodial Parents' in Virginia are the Mothers (2000)
http://jlarc.virginia.gov/pdfs/reports/Rpt248.pdf

Almost 5000 Custody Cases in Norfolk, VA (pop 242,000) - 2017
http://www.courts.state.va.us/courtadmin/aoc/judpln/csi/home.html

Virginia CHILD HOMICIDES (2014-2016 - DSS)
63 avg. per year- 2.5 per 100,000
43.3% by the MOTHER
29.8% by the FATHER
11% by the PARENT'S PARTNER
5.3% by CARE PROVIDER
http://www.dss.virginia.gov/files/about/reports/children/cps/all_other/2017/SFY16_Child_Fatality_Report_Final.pdf

Virginia CHILD HOMICIDES (2014 - Medical Examiner)
38% of child homicides committed by the PARENT'S LIVE-IN PARTNER
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/18/2016/04/2014-FIPS-Report-FINAL.pdf

*52% calculated by adding "Mother (28%)", "Mother & Non-Parent (11%)", "Mother & Father" (10% - step-fathers are often erroneously reported as "Father"), Mother's Male Partner (3%),  
Science Direct. "Methodological Challenges in Measuring Child Maltreatment". (2010).        http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213409002610?via%3Dihub

Solutions



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EDUCATE   Guardian ad Litems

TRANSPARENCY   in Family Courts - Record all Proceedings

ACCOUNTABILITY   For Officials Failing to Obey the Law - Public Hearings, Grievance Process

STEP-PARENT ADOPTION - BACKGROUND CHECKS and HOME STUDIES like Agency Adoption

EARLY PREVENTION   Needs More Funding  (and LESS to Foster Care and Adoption)

PARENTING CLASSES   to ALL Guardians involved w/Custody Disputes

MANDATORY HIGH SCHOOL and COLLEGE PARENTING CLASSES

SOLUTION-ORIENTED ENVIRONMENT AT FAMILY COURT:
         - Allow for INFORMATION (internet access, law library, visible bulletin boards, media streaming pertinent information, etc)
         - Production-oriented SEATING (comfortable seating, table tops, privacy)
         - Paid or volunteer STAFF walking around offering information about the court process
         - Solution-oriented COURT ROOM DESIGN (round table, not formatted as criminal courts)
         - Security Guards and Bailiffs dressed in CITIZENS ATTIRE and educated on Family Issues
if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, knowing that I had influence in court, then let my arm fall from the shoulder, let it be broken off at the joint.  - Job 31:21

Resources

JUDICIAL INDISCRETION INFO
CHILD SUPPORT INFO
ASSISTANCE WITH FAMILY COURT
PARENTAL ALIENATION
EDUCATED ADVOCATES
VIRGINIA GOVERNMENT
  • Best Interest Code - https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title20/chapter6.1/section20-124.3/
  • Judicial Canons
  • Judge's Benchbook
  • GAL Standards - http://www.courts.state.va.us/courtadmin/aoc/cip/programs/gal/children/gal_performance_standards_children.pdf
  • GAL Qualifications - http://www.courts.state.va.us/courtadmin/aoc/cip/programs/gal/children/faq_children.pdf  or  http://www.courts.state.va.us/courtadmin/aoc/cip/programs/gal/children/gal_standards_children.pdf
  • GAL Continuing Educations - https://eapps.courts.state.va.us/GalRegistry/public/publicHome.html#/reports/gallist?programType=C
  • BAR Professional Code of Conduct - http://www.vsb.org/pro-guidelines/index.php/main/print_view
  • DSS 2015 Annual Report - https://www.dss.virginia.gov/files/about/reports/agency_wide/annual_statistical/pdf_versions/2015.pdf
  • Virginia Caseload Statistics - http://www.courts.state.va.us/courtadmin/aoc/judpln/csi/stats/jdr/ei01_2017_monthly.pdf
  • 2017 CPS  Referrals - http://www.dss.virginia.gov/files/about/reports/children/cps/all_other/2017/Abuse_and_Neglect_by_Locality_SFY2017_mod1.pdf
  • Adoption Barrier Crimes - http://www.dss.virginia.gov/files/division/licensing/lcpa/intro_page/background_investigations/lcpa_employees/guidance_procedures/barrier_crimes_cpa.pdf
  • 2016 Judiciary Report - http://www.courts.state.va.us/courtadmin/aoc/judpln/csi/sjr/2016/state_of_the_judiciary_report.pdf
  • 2014 Judicial Council Report - http://www.courts.state.va.us/courtadmin/judpolicies/2014_jcv_report.pdf
  • BAR CLE seminars on Family Law - https://www.vacle.org/SeminarResults.aspx?keywords=family
  • Public AuditorReports - http://www.apa.virginia.gov/APA_Reports/Reports.aspx

STUDIES / REPORTS / SCHOLARLY ARTICLES
  • "Changing Children Population" - 2010 - Annie E. Casey - http://www.aecf.org/m/resourcedoc/AECF-ChangingChildPopulation-2011-Full.pdf
  • Does Shared Physical Custody Benefit Children? - 2015 - Linda Nielsen - http://aaml.org/sites/default/files/MAT111_1.pdf
  • Achieve Shared Parenting - 2016 - Mark Weiner - https://illinoislawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Weiner.pdf
  • Forgiveness: Reducing Hostility after Divorce - 2008 - Solangel  Maldonado - https://illinoislawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Weiner.pdf
  • Argument against shared parenting and FOR judicial discretion - 2014 - Margaret Brinig - https://scholarship.law.nd.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2123&context=law_faculty_scholarship
  • Is Bird Nesting in the Best Interest of Children - 2004 - Michael Flannery - http://scholar.smu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2083&context=smulr 
  • Courts and conflict resolution report - 1994 -State Justice Institute - https://ncsc.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/api/collection/adr/id/1/download
  • Examining child support - two models of distributive justice - 1998 - CA Law Review - Marsha Garrison - https://scholarship.law.berkeley.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1596&context=californialawreview
  • Shared parenting - Joint Parenting Association - https://www.fatherhood.org.au/resources/back-to-the-best-interests-of-the-child.pdf
  • Judicial Discretion in Divorce Cases - 1996 - Marsha Garrison - NC Law Review - http://scholarship.law.unc.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3648&context=nclr
  • "Family Law and the Romance of Economics" - 1995 - Ann Estin - W & M Law Review - http://scholarship.law.wm.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1761&context=wmlr
  • "Child Support Policy: Guidelines and Goals" - 1999 - Marsha Garrison - Brooklyn Law School - https://brooklynworks.brooklaw.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1202&context=faculty
  • "Comments on the Miller Commission Report" - 2007 - Leonard Edwards - Pace Law Review - http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1137&context=plr
  • "Law, State, and the Family; Politics of Child Custody" - 1985 - Julia Brophy PhD thesis - U of Sheffield - http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/1795/1/DX185403.pdf 
  • "Doomed? Toward A Model of Best Practices" GAL Seminar 2015 - Birnbaum and Bala - Family Court Review - http://www.cookcountycourt.org/Portals/0/Domestic%20Relations%20Division/Seminar%20Materials/Materials%20Part%201.pdf
  • Conflict Analysis and Intervention Selection for the Parenting Coordinator - 2016 - Nicole Garton - https://www.mediate.com/mediator/attachments/33829/00323594.pdf
  • Journal of Child Custody  2004-2017 - http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/wjcc20?open=1&year=2004&repitition=0#vol_1_2004

FATHERHOOD
Article - "Why Kids Need Dads" - https://dnatesting.com/why-kids-need-dads/
Article - "Kids Need Dads" - https://www.huffingtonpost.com/monique-honaman/kids-need-dads_b_2785267.html
Statistics - Fatherhood.org - https://www.fatherhood.org/fatherhood-data-statistics 

VOLUNTEER
  • Apply for Virginia Boards - https://commonwealth.virginia.gov/va-government/gubernatorial-appointments/
  • List of VA Boards - https://commonwealth.virginia.gov/media/2415/alphbetical-board-listing-2-5-14.pdf
  • CWLA - https://www.cwla.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/VIRGINIA.pdf
  • Coalition 4 Protection - http://www.coalition4protection.com/federal-supreme-court--pro-se-.html


petitions

APA to Recognize Parental Alienation - Pathogenic Parenting -
https://www.change.org/p/the-american-psychological-association-ending-parental-alienation-pathology-for-all-children-everywhere?recruiter=846787575&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

 

CHANGE ADOPTION LAWS - sign the petition

to do

HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE.

Charles Johnson.  Attorney Guardian ad Litem - He reported lies as the truth to a judge.  That is perjury.  That put kids in danger.

Joseph P. Massey.  Custody Judge - He ignored the danger.  

Tomas Ramirez - Federal Probation Officer - He ignored the danger and refused to help when asked.

Jennifer and Wesley Hadsell - Anjelica's adoption needs to be revoked.  Plain and simple.

HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE - Contact me with ideas

MAKE PEOPLE AWARE.

Learn about EMOTIONAL ABUSE of children (SpeakW,  Saving Fatherhood,  Craig Childress)
Learn about FAMILY LAW REFORM (JAM,  The Father's Rights Movement,  Million Parent March)
Join MOVEMENTS FOR CHANGE (Mommy Interrupted,  Restoring Families, Dr. Sue)
Tell people about Parental Alienation, which is Emotional Child Abuse.  Look for it in your life.
Tell people about our unconstitutional Family Courts.  
Tell people how important fathers are.
11.11.17

Virginia Senator Lynwood Lewis  (district06@senate.virginia.gov) and Delagate Christopher Stolle  (DelCStolle@house.virginia.gov),

My name is Zach Hoffer.  I have been a citizen of Norfolk, VA for over 15 years.  I work in the East Beach area and own my home in the Bayview area.  My children have been raised here and my 18 year old daughter was murdered here.  Can you take a minute to listen to me?
My first daughter, Anjelica Hoffer (aka AJ Hadsell), was murdered by her step father in Norfolk, in 2015.  I lost custody of her just after he moved into her mother's home in 2010.  The state family courts could have helped, but instead they hurt the situation.  

Family courts affect vast numbers of families and children of Virginia from all walks of life and demographics.  With the influence that these courts have on society, we should be making sure they are operated to the best of our ability.  I urge you to spend a day at one of the JDR courts here in Hampton Roads.  They are adversarial, spirit squashing, and are not designed for solutions.  From the overpriced lawyers to the underpaid and undereducated guardian ad litems, judges, and other court officials, family courts are designed to create more turmoil between parents and create angst in the lives of children.  We can change this.

I went to family court in 2010, after Wesley Hadsell moved into my childrens' mother's home, in an effort to protect my children, especially my oldest daughter, then 13, who took a strong liking to the man and who had recently stopped living with me or communicating with me - stemming from tension that had erupted between her mother and I.  This man had only been out of maximum security prison for 6 weeks when he met their mother.  He moved into the home two weeks later.  He had a very extensive criminal history, and was not an active father in his own son's life, yet the family courts determined he was safe to have full liberty with my daughters.  I still had 50% custody of all three girls at the time.  After the custody hearing with family court, I had ZERO custody of Anjelica - but still 50/50 of my other two daughters, age 7 & 9.  This decision was made ENTIRELY on 'her desires', and disregarded my concerns for her safety and well-being.

Family court officials are not trained in family issues, in psychology, or other social issues.  They are not required to stay educated.  The requirement for a guardian ad litem is only to be a lawyer and to take a 7 hour class online.  This is UNACCEPTABLE.  Children are being placed into dangerous situations because of ignorance.
To add to the state's errors, they allowed this man to adopt my daughter two years after he met her.  I was not on the birth certificate of my daughter because I met her mother over a year after my daughter was born.  I became her father, as her biological father was not in her life at all.  The family court acknowledged my role in her life and ordered 50% custody after my separation with her mother when she was 8.  I maintained that for 5 years, until her mother persuaded her to live with her and then allowed Wesley Hadsell to adopt her.

How could the state look past such an extensive criminal history, full of violence, unlawful restraint, burglary, stabbing, assaults, 9 years of prison, drug use, drug selling, robbery, suicide and death ideation, running from police and the list goes on.  A grand jury found a true bill on a rape, assault, and kidnapping charge in 2005.  He has tattoos on his eyelid that say "Game Over".  That means the game is over when they lay him down in his coffin.  Why couldn't the state see that he wasn't fit to be in my daughters' lives?

I have a handful of ideas that could be implemented fairly easily, without a partisan effect, and be healthy for EVERYONE involved, especially the children.
Here are my suggestions which I hope you can align with and move forward.  For more details go to www.AnjelicaMarie.com/change :
- Set up an ADVISORY COUNCIL to EDUCATE family court judges and guardian ad litems and other government agencies that are in contact or influencing children and families.  This council can be composed of volunteer professionals.

- Set up a REGULATORY BOARD, similarly structured as the Advisory Council.  Duties to include MANDATING EDUCATION, handling CITIZEN GRIEVANCES, enforcing ACCOUNTABILITY of government officials, and FAMILY COURT TRANSPARENCY.

- The FAMILY LAW CODE of Virginia, specifically the "BEST INTEREST" list for consideration of custody, should include 'THE PEOPLE THAT A PARENT BRINGS AROUND THE CHILD'.  There should be a list of qualities to consider, including - the length of time the parent has known the person, other 'similar' people brought around the children, character of the person, the way of meeting the person, amount of time that person is around the children, etc...

- ALL STEP-PARENTS seeking adoption must have a BACKGROUND CHECK done (currently almost NONE do).  ALSO HOME STUDIES, which examine the family dynamics, MUST be done.  
 
- THE EARLY PREVENTION DEPARTMENT NEEDS MORE FUNDING and the programs need to be ADVERTISED, both to citizens and to government employees, including judges, GALs, Social Workers, CPS workers, court officials, etc..

- BACKGROUND CHECKS, EVALUATIONS, and PARENTING CLASSES for ALL PEOPLE LIVING WITH CHILDREN OTHER THAN BIOLOGICAL PARENTS - when family, friends, or entities that are concerned for the child's well-being REQUEST this.  Also could be required when using government services such as Family Court, Child Protection, social services, domestic police interactions, etc.  Home studies may be requested also.

- ALL STEP-PARENTS MUST GO TO ONGOING PARENTING CLASSES, which will present topics specific to step-parent issues.

- HIGH SCHOOL and COLLEGE PARENTING CLASSES required for graduation.

- FRIENDLY AND SOLUTION-ORIENTED ENVIRONMENT AT FAMILY COURT:
         - Allow for INFORMATION (internet access, law library, visible bulletin boards, media streaming pertinent information, etc)
         - Production-oriented SEATING (comfortable seating, table tops, privacy)
         - Paid or volunteer STAFF walking around offering information about the court process
         - Solution-oriented COURT ROOM DESIGN (round table, not formatted as criminal courts)
         - Security Guards and Bailiffs dressed in citizen attire and educated on Family Issues

Ideally, I would like to completely rethink family courts and call them FAMILY SOLUTION CENTERS, and do away with family law and the judges and the lawyers, and use panels composed of volunteers and social workers and psychologists who sit at a ROUND table to discuss what is best for the children.  But until that happens, these minor adjustments could save the well-being and the very lives of children throughout the state of Virginia.
Thank you for your time.  I would greatly appreciate a meeting with you, as you are my representative.

Sincerely,

Zachariah Hoffer



SECOND LETTER (1st letter longer, sent 7.19.17)

7.27.17

Dear Governor McAuliffe,

I follow local, state, and federal issues to some degree and there is nothing that strikes me to be as important as children being abused and murdered.  
Specifically - a demographic that is of epidemic concern, is that of the PEOPLE THAT A PARENT BRINGS AROUND THEIR CHILDREN.  This is largely single mothers bringing romantic interests and others of a criminal element around their children.

There are some relatively SIMPLE SOLUTIONS that can be done to lessen this travesty of humanity.  Will you help?
My daughter, Anjelica Hoffer (aka AJ Hadsell), was abused and then murdered.  I tried everything I could to protect her.  The system went against me at every turn.
The system can be adjusted to dissuade abuse and even murder from happening.
SOLUTIONS:
- Set up an ADVISORY COUNCIL to EDUCATE government agencies that are in contact or influencing children and families.  This council can be composed of volunteer professionals.
- Set up a REGULATORY BOARD, similarly structured as the Advisory Council.  Duties to include MANDATING EDUCATION, handling CITIZEN GRIEVANCES, enforcing ACCOUNTABILITY of government officials, and FAMILY COURT TRANSPARENCY.
- EARLY PREVENTION NEEDS MORE FUNDING and the programs need to be ADVERTISED, both to citizens and to government employees, including judges, GALs, Social Workers, CPS workers, court officials, etc..

- Mandatory BACKGROUND CHECKS, EVALUATIONS, and PARENTING CLASSES for ALL PEOPLE LIVING WITH CHILDREN OTHER THAN BIOLOGICAL PARENTS, when family, friends, or agencies that are concerned for the children REQUEST this.  Also required when using government services such as Family Court, Child Protection, Welfare, domestic police interactions, etc.  Home studies may be requested also.
- ALL STEP-PARENTS MUST GO TO ONGOING PARENTING CLASSES, some specific to step parent issues.
- MANDATORY HIGH SCHOOL and COLLEGE PARENTING CLASSES.
- Create a SOLUTION-ORIENTED ENVIRONMENT AT FAMILY COURT:
     - Allow for INFORMATION (internet access, law library, visible bulletin boards, media streaming pertinent information, etc)
     - Production-oriented SEATING
     - Paid or volunteer STAFF walking around offering information about the court process
     - Solution-oriented COURT ROOM DESIGN
     - Security Guards and Bailiffs dressed in citizen attire and educated on Family Issues
- The FAMILY LAW CODE of Virginia, specifically the "Best Interest" list for consideration of custody, should include 'THE PEOPLE THAT A PARENT BRINGS AROUND THE CHILD'.  There should be a list of qualities to consider, including - the length of time the parent has known the person, other 'similar' people brought around the children, character of the person, the way of meeting the person, amount of time that person is around the children, etc...

- ALL STEP-PARENTS seeking adoption must have a BACKGROUND CHECK done (currently almost NONE do).  ALSO HOME STUDIES, which examine the family dynamics, MUST be done.  

Please strongly consider these ideas and take every step you can in implementing them or similar ideas.  Please make yourself and others aware of this area of abuse.

Very sincerely,

Zachariah Hoffer
www.AnjelicaMarie.com

THE DIVINE DIRECTIVE IS CLEAR
Isaiah 1:17 
"Learn to do good, seek justice,
Correct the oppressor,
Defend the rights of the fatherless child,
And plead the cause of the widow."

James 1:27
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

Deuteronomy 27:19
“Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.”

Psalms 82:3
"Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed."

Jeremiah 5:28
"Their evil deeds have no limit;
    they do not seek justice.
They do not promote the case of the fatherless;
    they do not defend the just cause of the poor."

Psalms 127:3
"Children are a gift from the Lord;
a productive womb, the Lord’s reward." 








THE DIVINE DIRECTIVE IS CLEAR
Isaiah 1:17 
"Learn to do good, seek justice,
Correct the oppressor,
Defend the rights of the fatherless child,
And plead the cause of the widow."
James 1:27
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."
Deuteronomy 27:19
“Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.”
Psalms 82:3
"Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed."
Jeremiah 5:28
"Their evil deeds have no limit;
    they do not seek justice.
They do not promote the case of the fatherless;
    they do not defend the just cause of the poor."