A significant leader in the joint custody movement remembered by Mark Roseman, PhD
David Levy, Esq., founder of the joint custody movement in the US and co founder of the children’s Rights Council in DC is in hospice. I spoke with his wife, Ellen today and she said that it is day by day.
David has been a consummate leader of the joint custody movement in this country. He was honored by Child Health
Magazine published by Rodale Press as one of the top 25 people to help child outcomes in the last 50 years.
I know this to be true, because I had worked with Dave since 1997 when I heard him speak at my first parenting conference.
Dave has been a rock, a teacher, a mentor in the field of family law and child custody. He has been well like by many, respected by all. Dave served on my doctoral committee and provided invaluable insights for my research. Together with Dave, we constructed national conferences from 2000 through 2006, bringing together professionals from psychology, sociology, family law, government, academia, social research, education, CASA and more. I had researched that all professionals need to be on the same page.
I also had the privilege of working with Dave at the offices of the Children’s Rights Council (CRC) which he co-founded with a Group of then alienated fathers in Virginia in 1985.
Dave is a blessed man, for he had been empowered to speak to members of congress and Presidents of the United States.
Dave is solely responsible for the implementation of the Federal Child Access block grant through HHS which now provides $10 Million to states nationally, though he has felt this a spit in the bucket still.
I leave for DC to visit with him and his family now, as they have been my family since 1997. I have lived with them, worked with them, and learned from this activist and wonderful family.
If you know of anyone or have yourself experienced the challenges of family court, appreciate joint custody, then you owe a debt to David L. Levy, Esq. He truly is the father of joint custody in the US.
If you would like to show appreciation for his commitment to healing children and parents, please, take a moment and let him know.
You may email david at firstname.lastname@example.org. His wife, Ellen, reads his emails…and though he is now day by day, his thoughts are with You…those who work to empower families when others do their utmost to limit parental involvement when parents separate.
Thank you so much.
As you can tell from the time and from this email, I love David. I admire, revere him, and have learned so much about my self and being a better person, as I am able, from him…a generous, gregarious, mindful man…and brave.
Mark D. Roseman, Ph.D., CFLE, Family Mediator
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