Parents Are Winning. That’s Why Opponents Are Turning Us Into Bogeymen.

Are “parental rights” some secret Bat Signal for right-wing evangelicals? The answer is yes, if you are writing for Salon. In a recent article, author Kathryn Joyce argued that “parental rights” is really the latest attempt of right-wing evangelicals to win elections. Joyce has a long history of trying to pin blame on right-wing evangelicals. She…

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Central Registry Due Process

View the model as adopted by the American Legislative Exchange Council. A “Central Registry of Child Abusers” should be just that—a list of people convicted of abusing a child. Instead, far too many innocent parents get included because it is way too easy to end up on that list. Parents have even gone to family…

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Fundamental Parental Rights

View the model as adopted by the American Legislative Exchange Council. The United States Supreme Court has long held that parental rights are “among thosefundamental liberty interests protected by the Fourteenth Amendment to theConstitution.” Yet, the level of respect these rights should receive, especially at the statelevel, has been left a little vague. As a…

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Confidential Reporting

View the model as adopted by the American Legislative Exchange Council. “Weaponizing the system:” That’s what we call it when someone places ananonymous call to a child abuse hotline to gain some personal advantage. Itmay be a parent in a nasty divorce situation trying to gain custody or more parentingtime by making the other parent…

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Dees v San Diego

Read the brief. A 9-year-old girl with special needs was taken from class to be interview by a childwelfare investigator without a warrant, a judicial order, parental consent, emergencycircumstances, or even probable cause. The mother sued for a violation of her parental rights, but the defense argued that thechild wasn’t taken from the mother’s custody…

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The Babysitter Case

Read the Complaint In 2021 the Virginia legislature passed a bill amending the Virginia Civil Rights Act to make it illegal for parents to consider religion when hiring a babysitter. That’s a problem for devoutly religious parents who want to hire someone who shares their worldview and can help pass it on to the parents’…

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DC Minor Consent Case

Read the complaint. DC passed a law in 2019 to allow a medical provider to decide whether a child is matureenough to grant consent for vaccination without their parent’s approval. The law alsodirects the medical provider, the child’s school, and even their insurance provider tokeep this information away from the child’s parent. Such a scheme…

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In Re: CJC, Relator

Read the brief. He was all she had left in the world. But a judge removed her from his care and gavecustody to her late mother’s fiancé. Could the court elevate the authority of thisunrelated male to equal the role of the girl’s own father in her life? We argued in an amicus brief that…

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Doe v Woodard

Read the brief. Child welfare investigations inflict harm on children. That’s the emphasis of our brief tothe United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Doe v. Woodard, a case inwhich a three-year-old girl was strip-searched by a welfare investigator at her preschoolwithout her parent’s knowledge or consent. The mother was not suspected…

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