Amanda's personal history is unique in that she has experienced parental alienation as a child, later as an alienated parent and thankfully as a parent reuniting with her children. In Jan 2012 Amanda's children were abducted and thus began her fully immersive journey into parental alienation, what it was, how it was even possible in the modern age, and more importantly how to best be there for your children if they are going through it. After being devastated by an unjust Family Court ruling, In 2013 Amanda connected online with alienated parents, starting online support groups in 2014 with now with thousands of active members. In Jan 2015, Amanda founded the Eeny Meeny Miney Mo Foundation, a not for profit health services charity, advancing education in parental alienation.
As the founder of the Eeny Meeny Miney Mo Foundation and Australian Parental Alienation Awareness Day [12 October #PAADay], Amanda is regularly consulted as an emerging expert in this field. Amanda featured on SBS Insight 'After the Abduction' in 2015 then her story was featured in Woman's Weekly in 2016. Her story attracted the attention of media outlets and journalists around the world in pursuit of clarity of this little known or understood area of family violence. Since then, Amanda has featured in articles on News Pty Ltd, the Dailymail, Kidspot, Mamamia and many others. Psychologists, practitioners, researchers and the family court legal fraternity regularly consult with Amanda and refer to her and EMMM's work in articles, papers and submissions.
Amanda's goal, and that of her the Eeny Meeny Miney Mo Foundation, is to educate parents, Family Court and mental health practitioners on the real and present phenomenon which is parental alienation, and in particular the trauma, stress and life long impact it has on alienated children. Amanda, many members of the EMMM's support groups and others around the world are instrumental in the groundbreaking University of Tasmania collaborative research studies on parental alienation, from all perspectives, involving many children, parents and grandparents in alienated situations. Amanda's driving ambition is to provide practical steps and healthy working pathways to reunite families in a way that is most supportive of their child's development.
Being alienated from my mum affected every aspect of my life. I’ve experienced the grief of many losses. I lost my mum. I lost contact with my mum’s side of the family. My dad moved me interstate and overseas, so I lost everything familiar. I felt I had no direction. I couldn’t see myself in the future and I didn’t know where I fitted into this world…I had ongoing emotional pain, not knowing where it was coming from…[I later lost] my mum to suicide, then later in life I was alienated from my own children. The most difficult part was no one around me understood what I was going through.
~ Amanda Sillars
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