Sometime in the Summer of 2013, Jennifer Verraneault, a family court reform activist, contacted me and asked to meet with me to discuss family court reform. Her partner, Jerry Mastrangelo had been engaged in a lengthy court battle to see his three triplets towards whom he had inexplicably been denied access.
A year prior, she had taken the free Guardian Ad Litem class for the State of Connecticut and had been able to obtain certification despite not being a lawyer or having any background as a mental health professional. In fact, to my knowledge, I wasn't even clear that she had a College degree. I had also tried to sign up for that class, but the CT Judicial Branch had refused me admission, perhaps because I did have a college degree.