According to their results, they were able to reduce caseloads considerably and save the CT Judical Branch a good deal of money, up to $400,000. I rather suspect that's a drop in the bucket to an Agency as well funded as the CT Judicial Branch. Be that as it may, along the way, they also attempted to draw conclusions about whether Family Services itself is effective.
The CT Judicial Branch's current emphasis on the forcible removal of mothers from the lives of their children via accusations of PAS and other charges such as the refusal to co-parent effectively has led to a substantial increase in single father led homes. Meanwhile, these fathers are freely allowed to exclude mothers from the lives of their children, even when those mothers were the primary caretakers of those children for years. Fathers are not censured for PAS type behavior or the failure to co-parent in the way mothers are, and they are given free rein to do as they please in family court, which includes refusing to obey court orders.
When Arianna Oyola attempted to obtain a restraining order for herself and her child, there were no financial resources available to her to provide an attorney or a domestic violence advocate to assist her. Later, the father who had violated at least two previous restraining orders, threw the baby off a bridge in Middletown.
The Family Civil Intake form is merely another means that the Fatherhood movement here in CT has used to continue to oppress women and discriminate against them and their children. Now this form is being marketed to other States and used to expand policies which favor fathers over mothers and continue to burden and oppress victims of domestic violence. As advocates, we need to take steps to reverse this trend.