Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume IX
UNSTOPPABLE WOMENDanica Joan
With over 20 years of experience as an educator, Danica provides families with workable solutions to their custody conflicts. She is a Certified Family Mediator with the Florida Supreme Court, Guardian Ad Litem, the author for Florida’s Family Stabilization Parent Education curriculum and a personal custody coach. Her inspiration came from real-world experience in an isolating and abusive marriage. Danica ended the marriage in hopes of establishing stability for her children and sought a peaceful co-parenting relationship with her husband. Deep in the trenches of a relentless custody battle lasting over five years, Danica endured arrest, relentless child abuse allegations, rejection from her children and being ostracized by her community. However, she never lost sight of what was at stake, which was the hope of a restored relationship with her children.
During the darkest times, she juggled multiple jobs, while attending college to become an elementary school teacher and adjunct professor. Meanwhile, she was fending off court hearings, managing her alienated children and defending a barrage of abuse investigations. To help others who found themselves in a similar situation, she founded the non-profit organization, Kids Need Both, Inc, with a mission of educating those impacted by high-conflict families.
Danica has devoted her life to providing families and professionals with education and resources that help them navigate the custody system with confidence. She currently hosts a weekly social media show called, Custody Matters Live, and continues to work with parents through custody coaching and speaking engagements. Kids Need Both, Inc continually pursues solution-based projects that restore families. Her team just launched an educational social media platform that is an authoritative community, where professionals and parents can find continued education, support groups and resources from vetted experts with a likeminded vision of bringing healing to hurting families globally.
An Unexpected Calling
When Danica left a failing marriage, she had no clue that she was walking into a battleground that would either kill or transform her spirit. That five-year struggle defending abuse allegations and relentless ridicule would mold her into a courageous family advocate and the founder of a global organization that empowers families with the message that ‘Kids Need Both’ parents. This struggle that started off personal would now be her calling to transform the way child custody is handled in the courts, by empowering parents with the distinctions of love and self-acceptance.