of welcome from the patron of the conference, Mrs. Mary Banotti, European
Parliament President's Mediator for Transnationally Abducted Children
lt is with great regret that l am unable to attend the PAS Conference
due to a previous engagement. I believe it is vitally important that
PAS is discussed internationally and progressed with family therapy/social
work organisations, but particularly within family legal systems throughout
In my work as the European Parliament President's Mediator
for Transnationally Abducted Children l have personal experience of
PAS on children, often at a very tender age in their lives.
In too many cases of child abduction, the innocent children
are greviously harmed by the hate and revenge which are all too often
at the heart of these cases.
l wish this Conference every success and await the outcome
with concern and interest.
Mary Banotti MEP
of the conference participants
by Dr. med. Wilfrid von Boch-Galhau
Ladies and gentlemen,
dear colleagues from the various professional groups accompanying divorce,
It is my very great pleasure, in the name of the organisers, to extend
to you here in Frankfurt a warm welcome to the international conference "The Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) - An Interdisciplinary
Challenge for Professionals Involved in Divorce". Some of you have
travelled very far - from a total of 16 different countries - to get
to Frankfurt. In the coming two days, we will be concerned with a very
complex subject matter that in part evokes controversial discussions.
We are particularly pleased that Ms Mary Banotti, representative
of the European Parliament and responsible for transnational abduction
of children, accepted the patronage for this conference. She has also
conveyed her best wishes (appended to the Conference Folder) through
her representative Mrs. Clodagh Hourigan. Many thanks also to Dr. Stark,
representative of the Frankfurt Lady Mayor Mrs Frau Petra Roth, for
her courteous words of welcome.