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This timeline depicts how much has been achieved in the goal of passing visitation legislation nationwide! There have been many who have worked tireless hours to get this done, and we are thankful to each one of you who have been part of this process. There is still much more to be done, and we are optimistic that there will be a day when visitation is a national right. This has been a group effort by many individuals and organizations.
We welcome the advocacy efforts of every individual, organization, or agency in this fight against elder abuse and isolation. As we are able to unite in this mission, we will be able to bring about great change.
This March was a very busy month for Kasem Coalition in its efforts to get the Visitation Bill passed. The legislation’s purpose is to prevent the isolation of elderly parents from their grown children, was recently signed into law in Wisconsin by Gov. Scott Walker. Wisconsin joins Utah and Virginia, two states in the nation which also picked up the bill in March. Board members Kathleen Wright-Brawn attorney Troy Martin have been following the efforts of Kerri Kasem, founder of Kasem Cares.
The ruling is critical when it comes to giving children greater power to fight against corrupt or negligent caregivers; this is because the version of the bill passed in Wisconsin allows family members to petition courts directly for access to their loved ones, sparing them the trouble of having to go through a costly trial process in order to attempt to get the same results, a fact highlighted by Kerri: “When you think, oh my gosh, I have to go fight for my parents. I don't have enough money for a retainer, for a lawyer, much less to go through an entire trial (which can cost upwards of six-figures). Now you don't have to do that. You can actually petition the court for visitation.”
Unfortunately, some high-profile cases-- including Kerri’s fight to see her father Casey (who was suffering from dementia at the time)-- have made legislation like the Visitation Bill absolutely necessary. Improved elderly care, which includes ensuring the visitation rights of grown children in seeing their parent, are among the main focuses of the Kasem Cares Foundation. Continue to check in and stay updated on the fight to get the Visitation Bill passed across the country!
Aaron Moreno, Robert Naylor, and Troy Martin meet with representatives from the California Assembly Judiciary Committee, California Judicial Council, and California State Bar to discuss language of AB 1085.more
Senator Brad Zaun of Iowa introduces SF 360, a Visitation Bill based on AB 2034. A similar bill, SF 306, which was proposed by Misty Davis and sponsored by Senator Paul Hogg then takes its place. Kerri Kasem and Iowa radio host, Simon Conway lobby the bill and make media appearances in favor of SF 306.more
Kerri Kasem decides to form a nonprofit organization to fight for visitation rights. Catherine Falk introduces Troy Martin to Kerri Kasem. Catherine Falk requests that Troy Martin and Catherine Falk be included in the Board of Directors for this nonprofit organization, and that it use the proposed Visitation Bill drafted by Troy Martin.more
Troy Martin drafts the first proposal for the Visitation Bill after his involvement in The Conservatorship of Peter Falk. The proposal is sent to two California state legislators, but both decline to sponsor the bill.more