Dr. Sandra Arango-Padron, M.D.
Sandra, a pediatrician and proud mother of four, advocates for the vulnerable, especially children and the disabled.
When living through the divorce or separation of their parents, many children cannot freely voice their desire to spend time with both parents without fear, intimidation, abuse and other repercussions. Their beautiful innocent voices are inhumanely silenced. Unfortunately, this bullying, coupled with Legal Abuse (LA), results in Parental Alienation (PA) and devastating long term consequences. Often, by the time the children are given the opportunity to speak, irreparable damage has been done.
Dr. Sandra Arango-Padron M.D chose the field of medicine to help make this world a better place. Her compassion for the afflicted and needy, her desire to work with children, and the love for her beloved four children moved her in the direction of the field of Pediatrics and her subsequent work and volunteer efforts.
Sandra has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts in varying capacities. These range from working with victims of domestic violence, including children, to feeding and clothing the impoverished families in the heart of the city, working with Chicago’s overnight homeless women’s shelters, teaching at-risk high school students in Chicago Public Schools and also working in other elementary school settings.
Dr. Arango-Padron has done missionary work with children’s organizations, worked on hospital ward floors, emergency rooms, intensive care units and various clinics. She and her children have together served together in soup kitchens, food pantries, seed packing, and children’s ministries (caring for and reading to children), etc. These opportunities have enabled her to see, to act and make the difference she hopes and desires to see in the lives of children, patients, families and other victims in need.
Apart from her medical training, Dr. Arango-Padron has been trained in the Domestic Violence field and is certified as an American Disabilities Act Advocate, as well as an Anger Management Specialist.
Sandra’s role as an advocate for domestic violence victims, legal abuse victims, and disability victims in courtrooms and elsewhere, has enabled her to see, experience & know firsthand the profound level of abuse to both children and adults when children are separated from their parents. She understands the absolute need for children to have two loving and fit parents. She also advocates against LAS (Legal Abuse Syndrome) inflicted by the courts and judicial system whereby an individual sustains abuse by the court players. The courts become the strong arm of a domestic violence abuser to further disarm vulnerable victims, be they women, men, and/or children. Dr. Arango-Padron firmly believes that only with full transparency and enforcement of accountability of all individuals involved, including the judiciary, can there be a solid movement toward resolution. With proper checks and balances and strong ethical oversight in place, most would be more inclined to follow and uphold the law.
Dr. Sandra Arango-Padron advocates for the Illinois Shared Parenting Bill, HB 5425- introduced by advocates for children and families. This specific Shared Parenting Bill in Illinois passed to the House floor, but went no further because it apparently was not called for a vote by the speaker. For further information can be found here and here. The passing of this (solid) bill would deter the practice of innocent children becoming pawns in the judicial system and its cottage industry composed of attorneys, court appointed child reps, GAL, psychologists, etc. The proposed bill would provide humane treatment of children to allow them to have equal time to spend with both parents who are fit and loving. This would thereby minimize the extent of the child abuse caused by tactics utilized in parental alienation (Child Psychological Abuse noted in DSM-V) as well as the ruthless exploitation in a legal system when there is no “real” shared parenting by both loving and fit parents. Dr. Arango-Padron is fully conscious of these inherent issues profoundly affecting many women, men and innocent children, and is acutely aware that childhood is only lived once. Knowing these formative years are essentially the only time parents can positively and lovingly influence their children and provide a strong foundation needed to navigate through life, she speaks with uncompromising passion from a personal and professional point of view. She is working hard to effect change with the judiciary, legislators and the legal process. The hope is that every child will be provided with their God given right to have two loving and fit parents tangibly & readily accessible to them.
Dr. Sandra Arango-Padron is working with experts in various fields. Her goal is to help protect the most vulnerable, to help families maintain stronger family units and relationships (married or divorced), and to help facilitate, nurture and maintain strong lasting Child-parent bonds without abusive interference.
Access to both of their loving and fit parents is essential to a child’s needs and development. This access is crucial and one of the absolute primary interests of a child. “The best interests of children” must be more than just a “catch phrase”. Never should the child’s emotional, psychological and physical health be compromised by incompetent and/or non-thorough review of hearsay “facts”, especially by “court-appointed professionals”. Obvious, and too often blatantly ignored, are “the best interests of children”. Denial of access to either fit parent by anyone, and especially under false pretenses, is outright abuse. This malicious process often results in highly conflicted, injured children because they are suppressed not only from their natural desire to be with, but also from the benefit that is derived from both parents.
“Parental alienation” results in traumatic, devastating separation caused by child psychological abuse. Alienation develops rapidly without Equal Shared Parenting, and firm, clear laws in place to prevent unnecessary protracted litigation.
The dire short and long-term consequences for these children and families are highly disconcerting, and cannot be ignored! We, as a society, must feel the obligation (for the future of all in society) to protect these young children from these types of excessive abuses. As stated in James 4:17, “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
After participating in another “Global Leadership Summit (2014)” held in Barrington Illinois, Sandra is encouraged and urges ethical leaders who support this mission of advocacy and strong protection of innocent children, to take on this endeavor with the purest and greatest of motives. She believes that as a result of principled & ethical actions, Integrity will prevail... And all will see (as the song goes) A “Glorious Unfolding”!
“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles;
Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances.
Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it.
Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?
Expediency ask the question, is it politic?
Vanity asks the question, is it popular?
But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”