The
Fatherhood
Coalition
For Immediate Release

Child's 3,600-mile Trek for Shared Parenting Reaches Massachusetts

Welcoming Reception to be held Friday in Worcester

Signature-petition to be hand-delivered to Pres. Bush


http://necn.com/2001/08/12/ Hot Link to New England Cable News story on Clayton Giles!

WORCESTER, August 8 – Clayton Giles, the extraordinary 14-year-old Canadian who is biking 3,600 miles to collect signatures for a petition advocating shared parenting and family court reform, is coming to Worcester's famous Elm Park on Friday, August 10 for a welcoming reception.

Local supporters of Clayton's unique mission are inviting all parents and children affected by divorce, as well as local officials and state representatives, to come to a picnic and sign Clayton's petition from noon to 8 PM.

"Journey for Kids is dedicated to every child of separation or divorce," says Clayton. "We want those who have the power to make decisions for us to consider the child's input and adopt the principle that, except in extraordinary cases, parenting should always be shared by both our parents. Access to both our parents is the human right of every child."

Clayton began the 3,600-mile Journey for Kids from Calgary, Canada, on May 27, crossed into the US on July 22, and was welcomed last week on the floor of the New York State Legislature in Albany. Thousands of people, including several mayors, have signed his petition, which he plans to present to President George Bush in early September.

"This is a great opportunity to support a courageous young man who is fighting for positive change in the family court system," said Joe Dunbar, a local father who is helping to organize the Worcester event. "There are thousands of children of divorce in Massachusetts who can relate to Clayton's experience of having the courts attempt to cut out one parent from their lives."

Dunbar said there will be hot dogs and drinks available, games for children, and that those who cannot come in person to sign the petition for shared parenting can do so by visiting Clayton's website at http://www.legalkids.com

In Massachusetts, the young Giles will be greeted by supporters who are holding petition drives in Pittsfield (8/6), Amherst, (8/8), Worcester, (8/10), and Boston, MA (8/12 and 13), before he travels south to Rhode Island and eventually the White House.

Journey for Kids is the expression of Clayton Giles' personal commitment to the preservation of the child-parent relationship, and is funded by public support through Legalkids, Inc., a Canadian corporation established by the Giles family. Pictures of this historic trip and information about Clayton's struggle with the family courts in Canada can be found at http://www.legalkids.com

 

Disclaimer:

Clayton Giles, Legalkids.com and Journey for Kids are not affiliated with CPF/The Fatherhood Coalition.

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For an interview with Clayton or further information, contact:

Clayton Giles
+1-403-870-5437

Joe Dunbar
(Worcester contact)
joewdunbar@hotmail.com
(800) 827-7549 x287

Larry Callihan
(Worcester contact)
Calihanccg@aol.com
(508) 366-0400


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