CPU CHILDREN & PARENTS UNITED

Our Mission

CPU's mission is to promote and improve child well-being by providing information and resources to policy makers, legislators, practitioners and the public, resulting in enhanced relationships and reduced conflict for those children and parents navigating our current family law systems.

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Our Programs

CPU has developed three cost-effective, practical, solution-based programs:

CPU Communication: Workshops and programs that promote improved interpersonal relating.

CPU Mediation: Solutions oriented intervention-experts to help resolve conflict disputes.

CPU Law: Provides legal advice, supports the mediation process, and oversees legal procedures.

CPU trains judges and legal practitioners to keep families OUT OF COURT.

Donations to the 501(c)(3) are tax deductible and 100% of monies raised help CPU develop charitable programs.

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CPU Mediation

It’s as easy as 1-2-3

Step 1 Self Educate

Mediation provides a much more amicable and cost-effective alternative when relationships are ending with divorce or separation. Important decisions need to be made about the child(ren), financials, assets, and debts. Hiring one mediator is better than hiring two expensive attorneys. 

CPU's experienced mediators save you money and keep your family out of court.

Step 2 Meet Mediator

Your free introductory session with a CPU mediator is an opportunity to feel comfortable and reassured. Our mediators provide neutrality, attention to both parties equally, and have the requisite skills to create an environment of trust and respect as you begin to collaborate on a pathway to resolution. 

CPU mediators provide a pathway to conversation that ensures both parties' needs will be met.

Step 3 Begin Mediation

Mediating the details of your divorce, separation, or post-decree issues can be done at a pace you are comfortable with.

No one is rushed through any steps or forced to make any decisions they are not clear about or not ready to make.

CPU mediators guide you through the process to a satisfactory settlement for all parties.

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WHO WE HELP

Parents & Children.

Husbands & Wives.

Families & Family Members.

Alienated Parents.

Extended Family Members.

Partners, Ex-Partners, 2nd Husbands & Wives.

HOW WE HELP

We provide immediate relief for families stuck in the divorce trap with information and practical resources to keep families out of courtrooms and stop the blatant plundering of patrimony.

Take Actionwith CPU

Children and Parents United has brought together a diverse group of people (volunteers, staff, partners, advisors) to meet the needs of individuals/families in crisis.

Join our campaign to advocate policies that support equal shared parenting; protect from parental alienation (as a form of domestic abuse); suicide prevention; personal & parenting effectiveness; & mental health support.

Come aboard and bring CPU into your own world – whether you want to raise awareness or put on your own fundraising event, there are plenty of ways you can help impact your own community.

The most straightforward way to help our life-saving services is to donate directly to CPU.


Right now, more people than ever need our services. By raising awareness of them, you’re helping more people find the help they need. Spread the word about our services, campaigns and fundraising events with your friends, family, neighbors, everyone!

Our Board Members

Dr. Gary David

Honorary Lifetime Chairman Emeritus

GARY DAVID is an epistimologist, human being theorist and co-founder of The Tomkins Institute of Affect Theory.

Erin Pizzey

Honorary Lifetime President Emeritus

ERIN PIZZEY is a domestic abuse advocate and novelist who founded the world’s first, and the world’s largest domestic violence shelter Refuge in 1971.

Greg Ellis

Founder & Lifetime President

GREG ELLIS, founder of CPU, Monkey Toes Studio and co-founder of Buzz, is a published author, tv director, Annie Award nominated voice artist and Emmy Award® nominated actor.

April Chandler

Chairwoman

APRIL CHANDLER, founder of Mephobia and co-founder of Buzz, is a director, producer, author and advanced UAS Pilot.

Dawn Clement, Esq.

Executive Director

DAWN CLEMENT is a Pennsylvania Family Law Mediator & Attorney, Conflict Resolution Specialist, and Adjunct Professor at West Chester University. 

JAY COHEN

Vice-President

JAY COHEN is partner at The Gersh Agency specializing in finance, packaging and distribution of content. Partnered with Dustin Hoffman, created company with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, has packaged, sold and produced over 150 films.

AJIT NINAN

Treasurer

AJIT NINAN is a technologist and prolific inventor in silicon valley, his career spans multiple startups and large companies. In his role as VP of Technology at Dolby Labs, he helped pioneer Dolby Vision and is considered the inventor of the modern quantum dot TV.

Brian Ludmer, Esq.

Legal Liaison

BRIAN LUDMER is a Canadian attorney whose practice focuses on cases involving high conflict custody battles, denial of parenting time and parental alienation, as well as a business and securities law attorney with over 32 years of experience.

AMANDA PATTERSON

Secretary

AMANDA PATTERSON is Chief Executive Officer of Rocket Fuel Labs. Previously she was head of marketing for Mindbody during the company’s most pivotal growth stage, from $20M to $200M, including its initial public offering.

Todd Lander, Esq

Senior Legal

TODD LANDER, Esq. is a partner at Ruben & Saba, LLP and a highly successful trial and appellate lawyer with widespread experience in complex business and intellectual property disputes.

Greg Secker

Board Member

GREG SECKER is a master trader, entrepreneur, philanthropist and international speaker, a multi-millionaire by his twenties, owns Europe's top trader coaching company and is passionate about helping people learn how to be entrepreneurs.

Caroline Langley, Esq.

Board Member

CAROLINE LANGLEY, BSc (Hons), Barrister, Mediator, Attorney, National Institute of Trial Advocacy Instructor, is an expert in international and European law, qualified and practices as a barrister and mediator in England & Wales, the United States, Hong Kong and Ireland.

Tom Harrison

Board Member

TOM HARRISON is vice-president of talent for LA/NY based Vanguard Management Group with 25 years as an Industry Veteran representing such talent as Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds, Sofia Vergara and Josh Holloway

Brian Vandiver, Esq.

Board Member

BRIAN A. VANDIVER, Esq. is a corporate/employment attorney and father in Arkansas.  In 2021, Brian and AAPE helped Arkansas pass Act 604, the strongest 50/50 joint custody rebuttable presumption in the country.

Mirka Royston, Esq.

Board Member

MIRKA ROYSTON, Esq. founded Royston Family Law, APC in 2015 having made partner at Trope & Trope where she practiced for fifteen years.

Natalie Lowe, Esq.

Board Member

NATALIE LOWE has practiced family law exclusively for 15 years.  Ms. Lowe is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and serves on the Executive Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. 

Our Ambassadors

Monica Potter

Global Ambassador

Monica Potter is an American actress best known for her starring roles in the films Con Air, Patch Adams and Along Came a Spider, horror films Saw and The Last House on the Left, and a series regular on tv shows Boston Legal and Parenthood.

Dr. Drew Pinsky

Global Ambassador

Dr. Drew is a practicing physician who is board certified in internal and addiction medicine. One of the most listened to doctors in America, Dr. Drew hosted the nationally syndicated radio show "Loveline" since 1983.

Sophia Myles

Global Ambassador

Sophia Myles is a BAFTA award winning actress. Notable roles include Erika in Underworld, Lady Penelope in Thunderbirds, Isolde in Tristan & Isolde and Madame de Pompadour in Dr Who.

Jesse Soffer

Global Ambassador

Jesse Soffer is a three time Emmy award nominee for his portrayal of Will Munson on As the World Turns. He stars as Jay Halstead on Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med and Chicago Fire s as part of the main cast.

Dr. Warren Farrell

National Ambassador

WARREN FARRELL, PhD, is author of Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say and co-author of The Boy Crisis with Dr. John Gray. Chosen by The Financial Times of London as one of the world’s top 100 thought leaders.