Why We Need “Confidential Reporting” Reform

Last week I attended the policy summit of the American Legislative Exchange Council, an association of conservative policy organizations, private sector organizations, and state lawmakers, to present the need to take up reform legislation. Specifically, I presented the need to replace “anonymous reporting” with “confidential reporting” to child abuse hotlines.  The following is taken from…

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Oregon Order Set to Repeat History

An executive order in Oregon threatens parents’ ability to exercise their fundamental right to make education choices for their children. According to this article at the Federalist, Governor Kate Brown has recently ordered that private schools smaller than 75 students must not return to on-site instruction, even while opening the doors to similarly sized public…

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Another Texas Family Victory

Should parents be investigated for physical abuse because they put their baby down for a nap and the baby cried? One Texas judge said yes, requiring the parents to submit to a search of their home and forensic interviews with their children. But on October 14, the Court of Appeals for the Twelfth District of…

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Do Children Have a Right to Family Privacy?

Ideas that take root in the United Nations have an unsettling tendency to eventually make their way into America’s courtrooms. That’s why the Parental Rights Foundation submitted a comment to the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Child Privacy last month, urging respect for the privacy of the child’s family and home, and not just the…

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New Name, Same Aim

The second season of the Parental Rights Podcast launched Tuesday, under a different name: the EPPiC Broadcast. Launched in January of this year, the Parental Rights Podcast’s first season featured such guests as the Jennifer Pelletier family, law professor Maxine Eichner, New York City activist Joyce McMillan, and constitutional law professor William Wagner. Season one…

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Three-Fourths of Rescued Children Came from Foster Care

According to a US Marshals Service (USMS) spokesman quoted by PJ Media, more than three-fourths of children recently rescued in two Marshals Service operations originally went missing from foster care placements. Over the last month, we have rejoiced over headlines such as “US Marshals find 39 missing children in Georgia during ‘Operation Not Forgotten’,” and…

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Innocent Parents Removed from Abuse Registry in New York

A timely letter drafted for the Parental Rights Foundation was sufficient to remove one couple’s names from the New York State child abuse registry, proving once again that the names should never have been added in the first place. Legal Context Under New York law, doctors are required to administer a vitamin K shot to…

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Kentucky Court Rejects Immunity Claim

Thanks to a ruling in a federal district court in Kentucky last week, a child welfare investigator can no longer claim qualified immunity for bullying their way into a home and strip-searching children without cause. The case, Josiah Curry, et al v. Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, et al, arose from a 2017…

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Save the Date: Steubenville Parental Rights Conference 2021

A Conference on Parental Rights has been scheduled at the Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) on April 9–10, 2021. The conference, which will feature more than a dozen scholars and professional experts speaking on a wide range of parental rights issues, is sponsored by the Parental Rights Foundation, the Franciscan University of Steubenville Veritas Society,…

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Foundation Files New Brief Defending Parents’ Rights

Last week the Parental Rights Foundation filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in the Ninth Circuit parental rights case, Dees v. County of San Diego. At question in the case is whether the Fourteenth Amendment’s protection of parental rights is limited to cases where termination of parental rights or loss of custody…

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