Senator Dianne Feinstein on the importance of Family

Dianne Feinstein to Donald Tenn

Donald Tenn Human Rights Activist

Human Rights Activist Donald Tenn

Several years ago, I took the time to write to U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein addressing my concerns with the current state of the so-called, “family” courts in our state of California. I have been an avid court watcher for many years, I know better than Dianne Feinstein what is actually going on within the courtrooms and it is nothing less than child abuse. 

In my communication, I did not mention my own case, I have written to Senator Dianne Feinstein maybe as many as a dozen times as well as then-Senator Barbara Boxer. As well as our Governors over the years. I should also note that I have also communicated and received a response from ex-president Barack Obama which I will share in an upcoming post. The following is U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s response to my concerns with regard to the current state of the family courts in the state of California.

Dianne Feinstein

Dianne Feinstein

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator for California

Dear Mr. Tenn :

I received your letter and recognize your concerns about how conflicts between parents affect children. I appreciate hearing your personal perspective on this matter, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

As a mother and a grandmother, I believe every child should have the opportunity to grow up in a safe, healthy, and stable environment. As you know, the ideal would be for children and parents to not have to experience the pain of separation. However, the reality is far from the ideal and so our court system is entrusted to ensure that the needs of all parties are addressed. I believe the courts must enforce child support and custody laws that protect children and are reasonable for parents.

Granting custody is a very sensitive and complicated issue, and it is essential to always keep the best interests of the child in mind. Fair consideration should be given to both mothers and fathers.

While I appreciate knowing your concerns about this matter, and I thank you for sharing your family’s story, child custody laws remain under the jurisdiction of individual states and not the federal government. If you have not done so already, I encourage you to contact your representatives in the California State Legislature, who may benefit from hearing your views. You can find a directory of the California Legislature at

Again, thank you for writing. If you have any additional comments or questions, please feel free to visit my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841.

Sincerely yours,
Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

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