This week, we’re talking with Diane Redleaf, author of They Took the Kids Last Night and founder of the Family Defense Center. Diane tells us about her extensive experience defending families in civil rights cases, from dealing with the “hidden foster care” system to combating a shocking lack of due process in child abuse registries. 

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What’s happening with foreign parental rights, and why does it matter for you? In the latest episode of the Cory and ShellbyJo Show, we discuss some important cases about foreign parental rights. Hear about the medical, educational, and interpersonal impact of government interference in other countries – and why these cases matter for American families.

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What does it feel like when the doctors you trust to heal your children turn on you, and take them away instead? This week, we’re privileged to speak with the family of Justina Pelletier, the teen abducted by Boston Children’s Hospital in 2013. Justina’s dad Lou, her mom Linda, and her sister Jennifer tell the…

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Did you know that in a majority of states the government can take your children from you just because you have a disability, like being blind?  Don’t miss out on this episode, where Michael talks with Mark Riccobono, president of the National Federation of the Blind. President Riccobono sheds crucial light on how blind parents…

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Your children are yours, right? Or are they?  This week, Michael talks with Melissa Moschella, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, about the legal and philosophical underpinnings of parental rights. Melissa also breaks down the arguments of those who want to treat children as property of the government and reduce parents…

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Just when we think they won’t get any more brazen, they do. Not long ago, the system’s violations of parental rights were kept to the shadows. Child Protective Services (CPS) targeted minorities and the poor because these were least able to defend themselves, and more likely to be dismissed by the general population. But the…

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Are poor parents automatically bad parents? The Cory and Shellby Jo Show is back with our first movie review, exploring parental rights in pop culture. This week, we discuss The Pursuit of Happyness, a movie that highlights a father’s resolve to provide for his son, no matter what. For us, this movie raises questions about what…

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What are “child abuse pediatricians” and why should you be concerned? Find out in this episode, as Michael talks with UNC law professor Maxine Eichner. Eichner shares her professional and personal experience with parental rights in the medical world, plus her insight on the Justina Pelletier case from one who’s been there.

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At a Wisconsin hospital, a doctor—a doctor!— and his family are finding out the hard way that the medical system is stacked against innocent families. And he has plenty of company. If you’ve followed us for any length of time, you already know I’m no fan of the new “pediatric child abuse” subspecialty adopted by…

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This week, Michael talks with attorney Allison Folmar, who led the defense in the nationally publicized 2011 Maryanne Godboldo case. Allison tells us all about the case and the family’s story from the inside, and how it impacted the state of parental rights. 

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