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An Education Commissioner’s Perspective, with Frank Edelblut

By Sheila Roberts | April 6, 2022

This week, we talk with Frank Edelblut, New Hampshire’s Education Commissioner since 2017. An accountant and entrepreneur and a former member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Edelblut now administers the state’s Department of Education.  Frank tells us about his work representing the interests of New Hampshire’s parents and taxpayers in the public school…

Defending Families from CPS, with Jey Rajaraman

By Sheila Roberts | April 6, 2022

This week we talk with Jey Rajaraman, who served the last 15 years as chief counsel and supervising attorney at Legal Services of New Jersey’s Family Representation project. She has recently joined former Children’s Bureau chiefs Jerry Milner and David Kelly at Family Integrity & Justice Works. Jey tells us about her work in providing…

Parenting with a Disability, with Rachel Barkley

By Sheila Roberts | April 6, 2022

This week, we talk with Rachel Barkley, an experienced coalition- and community-builder at the state and local level, and a spinal cord tumor survivor and mom. Rachel tells us about her work promoting policies that promote personal freedom and human dignity, and about parenting her children while quadriplegic.  In this episode, Rachel shares her professional…

A School Board Member’s Perspective, with Willie Deutsch

By Sheila Roberts | April 6, 2022

This week, we’re talking with Willie Deutsch, who served for four years on the school board of Prince William County, Virginia. A parent himself, Willie focused on making parents’ voices heard in the local school system. Hear about how he worked to pass parent-focused policies and what it’s like to serve on a school board,…

Parental Rights and Public Schools, with Ian Prior

By Sheila Roberts | April 6, 2022

This week, we’re talking with Ian Prior, founder of Fight for Schools, an organization of concerned parents dedicated to protecting parental rights in the public school system of Loudoun County, Virginia. Ian explains how he came to be involved in the parental rights movement and the work his organization has done and is currently doing on…

Talking with Parental Rights Foundation President Will Estrada

By Sheila Roberts | April 6, 2022

In the final installment of our anniversary series, we’re celebrating 15 years of ParentalRights.org by talking with Will Estrada, president of ParentalRights.org and the Parental Rights Foundation! Will began his career with Home School Legal Defense Association and has served in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.…

Parental Rights in Florida, with Patti Sullivan and Adriana Gonzales

By Sheila Roberts | February 23, 2022

In the third week of February, we’re celebrating the 15th anniversary of ParentalRights.org by talking with two volunteer State Coordinators! This week, Michael talks with Adriana Gonzales, former Florida State Coordinator for ParentalRights.org, and her successor, Patti Sullivan, now a long-time advocate for families and parental rights. Adriana and Patti share how they’ve worked to…

Joining the Parental Rights Movement, with Shaun Alexander and Ethan Demme

By Sheila Roberts | February 23, 2022

Welcome to week two of our celebration of 15 years of ParentalRights.org! This week, Michael talks with Shaun Alexander, 2005 NFL MVP and Vice President of the Parental Rights Foundation, and Ethan Demme, CEO of  Demme Learning and former chairman of the Parental Rights Foundation Board.  Shaun and Ethan share why protecting parental rights is important to…

15 Years of Parental Rights, with Michael Farris

By Sheila Roberts | February 23, 2022

In this first episode of our fourth season, we talk with Michael Farris, founding president of ParentalRights.org and currently the president and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom. This month, ParentalRights.org is celebrating its 15th anniversary! To celebrate, we’re interviewing key figures from our organization’s history, beginning with our founding president.  Michael explains to us why he…

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,…