Our mission is to defend, support, and advance the right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their minor children through research, education, advocacy, and legal representation.
Founded in 2014, The Parental Rights Foundation is a nationwide research, educational, advocacy, and legal organization.
We believe that one blessing of liberty is the freedom of parents to raise their children without undue government interference. Our vision is to secure this liberty by educating those in government and the public at large on the important role that parental rights holds in ensuring that the freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society of America continue to flourish from generation to generation.
The Parental Rights Foundation works to inform Americans of the growing contest between government and families regarding who should be the primary decision maker for children. Parental rights are good for children, good for families, and good for society.
ParentalRights.org and The Parental Rights Foundation
The Parental Rights Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to educate policymakers and the general public in order to raise awareness of parental rights. We vigorously promote parental rights through nationwide research, educational, advocacy, and legal efforts.
ParentalRights.org is a related nonprofit political action organization. While ParentalRights.org also works to raise awareness of these issues in the public eye, its status as a (c)(4) means its non-tax-deductible dollars can fund lobbying efforts to pass legislation that will protect families by preserving parental rights, and stop legislation that endangers those rights.
Producing Rigorous Policy Research and Analysis
The Parental Rights Foundation gathers and analyzes data from official, reputable sites to produce research memos and publications useful for driving policy to protect parental rights.
The Parental Rights Foundation works to build coalitions with policy makers, donors, organizations, and others who share our vision.
The Parental Rights Foundation advocates solutions and comprehensive responses to parental rights, even when opposed by powerful interests.
The Parental Rights Foundation provides legal analysis, amicus briefs, and litigation support.
Our Structure & Funding
Governed by an independent Board of Directors, The Parental Rights Foundation is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt institution. The Foundation relies on the private financial support of the general public, individuals, foundations, and corporations for its income and accepts no government funds.
Parental Rights Foundation Board & Staff
William began his career with HSLDA, and he has served in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In November of 2021, Will was selected by the Board of ParentalRights.org to serve as the first full-time president of ParentalRights.org and the Parental Rights Foundation.
William Wagner is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law at the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, and president of Salt and Light Global.