Frequently Asked Questions

What is parent alienation?


Parental Alienation – Signs and Symptoms

Parental alienation syndrome has not been defined by any agreed-upon set of symptoms or criteria, nor has scientific research documented the existence of such a “syndrome.” However, anyone who has worked with children or families who are caught in bitter custody battles or who are locked into struggles of power and control where children are concerned cannot dispute that parental alienation, as a phenomenon, exists. Parental alienation occurs when one parent convinces a child or children that the other parent is unreliable, not trustworthy, unsafe, or doesn’t love them. This “alienation” can be overt and conscious “brainwashing” by a parent or much more subtle and covert. Either way, a child’s relationship with the “alienated” parent can be seriously impaired, if not destroyed, leaving the child with longstanding emotional damage resulting from the loss of a parent (emotionally or literally). NCPC offers services to evaluate parental alienation and other considerations that may be of interest to families and their attorneys. NCPC also has the expertise to guide parents through the healing process when one parent has been alienated. NCPC Contact