The Parental Rights Podcast

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Welcome to the Parental Rights Podcast, your source on the cultural and legal issues surrounding the role of parents. Featuring personal stories, breaking news, and insightful commentary, we’ll encourage and inform you as you guide and protect that child who is your world. From the Parental Rights Foundation.

Recent Episodes

Send us YOUR questions!

By Sheila Roberts | June 5, 2020 |

Thank you so much for listening to the Parental Rights Podcast! For our season finale, releasing on June 23rd, we want to answer your questions about the podcast, any of our guest speakers, the Parental Rights movement, and more. if you have questions or comments, we want to hear them! Submit your question below and…

When Rights Become Orders

By Sheila Roberts | June 2, 2020 |

What happens when a judge rules that your kids have a “right” to government-controlled schooling? This week, we cover a developing case in Detroit – what looks like a positive win for school children actually endangers the right of parents to direct and determine their kids’ education. Jim breaks down the case with William Wagner,…

Texas’ Moment of Decision

By Sheila Roberts | June 2, 2020 |

What if someone didn’t even have to be related to you to claim legal custody and visitation rights to your child? That’s exactly what happened to Texas dad, Chris, in an ongoing case that could set a dangerous precedent for Texas families. Today, Andrew Brown, a distinguished fellow with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, tells…

Behind the Scenes in COVID-19

By Sheila Roberts | May 19, 2020 |

What’s changing, and what isn’t?  Just like the rest of the country, parental rights are facing some challenges, some changes, and some blessed normalcy. Michael and Shellby discuss the challenges that parents are currently facing, from COVID-19 disruptions to Harvard elitists, to concerns over legislation, to our ongoing efforts to fight back and protect families.

Changing the System

By Sheila Roberts | May 12, 2020 |

What should the social services system actually change to get the right job done? Dr. Vivek Sankaran, a clinical professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, discusses his work with families who find themselves faced with the hostile CPS system, and what social services should do to support families rather than attack…

What You Can Learn from Unschooling

By Sheila Roberts | May 6, 2020 |

What can parents teaching their children at home during COVID-19 learn from the world of Unschooling? This week, Michael talks with Kerry McDonald, author of Unschooled, education policy writer, and Harvard graduate. Hear Kerry’s take on a recent Harvard Magazine article attacking homeschooling and parental choice on education, and her thoughts on how the philosophy of…

The Devastating Impact of CPS

By Sheila Roberts | April 28, 2020 |

What does it take to fight CPS? And what happens if we fail? In the second part of this two part series, Joyce McMillan is back to share her experience fighting for families in the courtroom, and the devastating impact of children being unjustly taken from their families. Joyce also tells us about some recent…

Fighting CPS in COVID-19

By Sheila Roberts | April 21, 2020 |

How is COVID-19 affecting families like yours and mine, and how do you fight CPS?  This week, Michael talks with Joyce McMillan, an advocate for vulnerable families in New York, who shares her experiences fighting the CPS system and how New York families are being affected by the virus. This episode is the first in…

COVID-19 and Your Family

By Sheila Roberts | April 21, 2020 |

This week, Jim talks with Dr. Lainna Callentine, pediatrician and former ParentalRights.org board member. Dr. Callentine gives us a doctor’s perspective on COVID-19, plus practical steps on social distancing and encouragement for families who are learning and working together from home. 

Free Range Kids

By Sheila Roberts | April 21, 2020 |

This week, Michael talks with Lenore Skenazy, founder of Let Grow and author of Free-Range Kids. Lenore tells us about the free-range parenting movement, and the importance of giving kids the freedom and responsibility they need to grow into successful adults. Lenore blogs at Free Range Kids.