As most of you know already, I have been mulling over how to get my hostility out and how to turn it into an activist's way of advocating for change when it comes to our difficult children, for quite some time. Here is my idea- I'm thinking of starting a petition, or maybe a series of petitions, that would cover various "changes" that would surely help a lot of people. For instance, most professional's boards really hold the professionals accountable while still understanding that no professional is always going to be 100% successful in achieving every client's goal. But in the MH profession, most of their boards only look into complaints about inappropriate relationships with clients. I've not seen any that check into MH profs who claim to treat childhood depression in children (just as an example) and really have NO client that has improved or in some cases, they don't even have a hx of treating clientele with this problem. So one issue would be for boards overseeing MH profs in various states to be required to hold their licensees accountable for what they are advertising and professing they do. Another issue, just as another example, would be for various states to stop allowing local juvenile courts and court authorities to be exempt from legal accountability and responsibility for bad decisions regarding our kids. And they need some limits put in place when it comes to what they are allowed to order a parent to do. A parent who has no cps involvement has parental rights; the governement has no right to 'order' me how to raise my kid or run my household, in my humble opinion. Also, I think it should be illegal for court appointees to lie or misrepresent the facts to parents of juveniles involved in their system and I think parents should have the legal right to see EVERYTHING in the kid's record, the same as they do for school district and medication records, as long as the kid is a juvenile/minor. Another would be for a federal law to be implemented that requires more accountability from state djjs if/when they are accepting federal funding. IOW, they can't use all the funds just to hire more people to "monitor"; they would have to show proof that they are using the funding for 'real' services for kids and families- not blame and legal action but real services. These are just my initial ideas but before I pursue this, I'm wondering what the 'experts' here think of it and if it's something you think would be supported by a lot of parents of difficult children. To clarify, whether it would be one petition or several, the goal would be to advocate for change in state MH boards, state and local govs (obviously requiring support and intiation from people in various states), and implementation of federal law(s) to make sure state govs cannot continue to put juveniles/minors/families of difficult children at the bottom of the priority list or take funding to hire more idiots then claim they need more funding. Any thoughts, suggestions, opinions are welcome. MOds- feel free to move or copy to General if that's where this should be. I hope I didn't overstep political boundaries.