AGA, Inc. Non Profit 501 C3 I RS U.S. Government
AGA, Inc. Florida State Department Divison of Corporations
Board of Directors
The Shelter for Abused Women and Children
Pascal J. LaRuffa, M.D., F.S.A.M.
Michael Bone, PhD
Glenn Caddy, PhD
You may email AGA, Inc. to arrange communication with us.
Please request a Survey Form to Study Grandparent Alienation
AGA provides information and support to grandparents who feel alienated or estranged from access to their grandchildren.
PAS Parental Alienation Syndrome Alienating parents, in a progressive process, try to damage the relationship with the other parent. This is very abusive and causes damage to the child.
AGA will bring national awareness and recognition of the behavioral manifestations of alienation.
Alienation is a Human Tragedy
Being a targeted grandparent/parent brings excruciating emotional pain. AGA recognizes that each situation is unique. Alienation is something that no grandparent/parent should face alone. With support, trauma is minimized. Members of a support group can comfort each other on this painful journey. Simply knowing that others are going through the same thing can ease some of the emotional pain and frustration in being a targeted grandparent/parent.
Alienation is endemic in our society and globally.
Grandparent Alieantion is considered by the experts to be severe child abuse, and elder abuse.
Our organization focuses on the struggle so many grandparents have in being part of their grandchildren's lives.
Grandparents who attend meetings will remain anonymous so that everyone will feel free to openly share.
Each meeting will be lead by one of our participating consultants or guest speakers who will present their expertise regarding the complex issues of alienation. Experts provide us with a better understanding of the dynamics in our families. The more we learn, the better we may be able to strategize our individual situations.
We intend to offer support and coping skills to help manage the emotional pain, and provide expert information and strategies to aid in healing family relationships.
There will be interactive discussion.
Professional consultants will be available to speak with you following the discussion
"Just a quick Thank You for alll that you do with this organization. I was feeling depressed and close to tears, because my son does not answer my phone calls. I just want to hear my little granddaughter speak to me. So, I went right to the site of AGA. I read the signs of alienation and recognized all of them again. To know that this is not my fault made me feel better! I cannot fix what I did not cause.
Let us know if you would like to start a support group in your area. You may now email us at info@aga_fl.org to form a Strategic Alliance with AGA.
Too many grandparents are walking around our community needing help to cope with grandparent alienation issues. Too many parents deny access or severely limit access to the grandchildren. This occurs even when a meaningful relationship between the grandparent and grandchild has already been formed. It is like being amputated from their grandchildren. There is no socio-economic group unprotected from such devastation.
This is a very serious problem of the baby boom generation with which we need to deal. These grandparents need to know they are not suffering alone. Our organization would bring awareness to this issue which faces our grandchildren, and is tormenting our grandparents.
If death takes a grandparent from and grandchild that is a tragedy. But, if family bickering and vindictiveness deny a child the love of a grandparent, that’s a shame.
The dynamics of a family can be torn apart by selfish choices made by adult children. This can cause a separation in the family, that separate grandchildren from grandparents. It is a damage that can take years to repair, and sometimes never gets repaired.
Finally, AGA . AGA is a group where discussions can happen about family dynamics, support, and direction shared.
Grandparents are an intricate part of raising and loving unconditionally our young ones, and preparing them for society. They can perform as outstanding role models, especially if there is chaos in their home. Unhealthy minds in a family create chaos. How many thousands of grandchildren are entangled in inter-family disputes?
Grandparents provide a balance in grandchildren’s lives that no one else can replicate. Studies have shown that multi-generational contact between children and their grandparents provides a special unconditional love and nurturing which is healthy for children. The quality of attachment is very strong, and contributes to our grandchildren's sense of self.
Alienation is willful intimidation. It is considered a severe form of child abuse.
Alienation often begins with the undermining daughter –in-law. These children are being withheld with little or no provocation.
Grandparents are made to feel uncomfortable when they attempt to visit. With-holders make the visiting difficult or embarrassing for the grandparents.
The deliberate misunderstandings about timing of the grandparents’ visits are common. During visits, the parents are often exert some kind of negative pressure on the situation, making the children feel strange about being friendly toward their grandparents.
So many grandchildren are not allowed to reveal their true feelings about their grandparents to their parents. They are forced to go emotionally underground.
Saint John the Evangelist
625 111th Avenue North
(West of intersection Immokalee Road & Tamiami Trail)
Naples, Florida 34108
Meeting Dates & Times
October thru March
First Thursdays 1:00 P.M.
January thru December
Third Thursdays every month 7:00 P.M.
P.O. Box 112621
Naples, FL 34108