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Welcome to the EPPiC Broadcast: Empowering Parents and Protecting Children. Featuring personal stories, breaking news, and insightful commentary, we’ll encourage and inform you on the issue of family and parental rights as you guide and protect that child who is your world. From the Parental Rights Foundation.

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Keeping Children with Their Parents, with Shanta Trivedi

By Sheila Roberts | December 7, 2021

Our child welfare system exists to protect children from harm. Yet, in most jurisdictions in America, courts fail to consider the trauma that children will suffer if they are removed from their parents. The best way to protect most children is to support their parents and families. This week, Michael talks with Shanta Trivedi, an Assistant…

The Right to Choose a Babysitter, with Peter Kamakawiwoole

By Sheila Roberts | December 3, 2021

A new law in Virginia makes it illegal for parents to choose babysitters based on shared beliefs. Not only does this new statue violate previously existing law, it represents a dangerous threat to parental rights. This week, Homeschool Legal Defense Association staff attorney Peter Kamakawiwoole, who has helped us to file suit against this law, joins us…

The Case for Blind Removals, with Dr. Jessica Pryce

By Sheila Roberts | November 30, 2021

Our child welfare system removes minority children from their parents’ homes at a much higher rate than white children. What if there were a way to remove racial biases from CPS child removals and end the over-representation of black and minority children in our child welfare system?  This week, Michael talks with Dr. Jessica Pryce,…

Making More Time for Parents, with Andrew Brown

By Sheila Roberts | November 16, 2021

The 21st Century Children and Family Act, recently introduced into the House of Representatives, promises to reduce “legal orphans” in the foster care system by supporting families up front and keeping them together. Can we expect to see this change succeed? This week, Michael talks with Andrew Brown, a distinguished senior fellow of child and family…

Parents and the 2021 Virginia Election, with Generation Joshua

By Sheila Roberts | November 9, 2021

The recent Virginia gubernatorial election signaled a win for parental rights, arguably on a national level. Will the growing grassroots support for parental rights continue? This week, Michael talks with Joel Grewe and Jeremiah Lorrig, director and deputy director, respectively, of Generation Joshua — an organization dedicated to educating youth about the political process and…

What Will It Take to Reunite Families?, with Martin Guggenheim

By Sheila Roberts | October 5, 2021

The Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) was passed in 1997 to keep children from languishing in foster care, but today it gives state agencies a cash bonus for breaking families apart. How did we get here, and what can we do to give families a fighting chance to stay together?  This week, we talk…

The Problem with ASFA, with Jerry Milner

By Sheila Roberts | September 21, 2021

This week, Jim talks again with Jerry Milner, former Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau in the US Department of Health and Human Services. Jerry now works with Family Integrity & Justice Works. Jerry explains why the Adoption and Safe Families Act, created in the 1980s, needs to be reformed to preserve families, rather than…

A Pandemic of Child Abuse?, with Anna Arons

By Sheila Roberts | September 14, 2021

In March 2020, we heard ominous warnings of ‘pandemic of child abuse’ accompanying the COVID-19 shut downs. Children went home, away from the watchful eyes of mandated reporters, and back to their families.  But did cases of child abuse actually increase during the added stress of the pandemic?  This week, Jim sits down with Anna…

Passing the Parents’ Bill of Rights, with Rep. Erin Grall

By Sheila Roberts | September 7, 2021

This week, Jim sits down with Florida State Rep. Erin Grall, sponsor and architect of the recently passed Florida Parents’ Bill of Rights. Erin tells us about the long road to this historic victory for Florida parents, and how grassroots involvement from local parents helped the bill gain traction. Plus, hear about how this bill…

A Bill of Rights for Parents, with Patti Sullivan

By Sheila Roberts | August 31, 2021

Florida parents are celebrating a historic victory – the successful passage of a Parents’ Bill of Rights in their state. This week, Michael talks with Patti Sullivan, ParentalRights.org’s Florida State Coordinator, and a long-time advocate for families and parental rights. Patti was deeply involved with the passage of this bill, and she explains how this…

Standing up for Parents in Family Court, with Judge Ernestine Gray

By Sheila Roberts | August 24, 2021

During her time as a family court judge, foster care rates in her city dropped to just 10% of the national average. How did she do it? This week, Michael talks with former judge Ernestine Gray, who served for 35 years in the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court in Louisiana. Judge Gray explains how she prioritized…

What’s Next for the SAFE Act, with Robin Lundstrum

By Sheila Roberts | August 17, 2021

This week, Jim talks with Arkansas State Rep. Robin Lundstrum, architect of the historic Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act. Robin explains why it has become necessary to ban harmful puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and transgender surgeries for minors. Hear about how this bill was designed with input from policy experts, doctors, psychiatrists, and more.  Robin…