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

They Took the Kids Last Night

By Sheila Roberts | March 30, 2020 |

This week, we’re talking with Diane Redleaf, author of They Took the Kids Last Night and founder of the Family Defense Center. Diane tells us about her extensive experience defending families in civil rights cases, from dealing with the “hidden foster care” system to combating a shocking lack of due process in child abuse registries. 

C & S: Why Foreign Parental Rights Matter for Americans

By Sheila Roberts | March 30, 2020 |

What’s happening with foreign parental rights, and why does it matter for you? In the latest episode of the Cory and ShellbyJo Show, we discuss some important cases about foreign parental rights. Hear about the medical, educational, and interpersonal impact of government interference in other countries – and why these cases matter for American families.

Medical Kidnapping: The Pelletiers’ Story

By Sheila Roberts | March 30, 2020 |

What does it feel like when the doctors you trust to heal your children turn on you, and take them away instead? This week, we’re privileged to speak with the family of Justina Pelletier, the teen abducted by Boston Children’s Hospital in 2013. Justina’s dad Lou, her mom Linda, and her sister Jennifer tell the…

Blind Parents’ Fight Against Discrimination

By Sheila Roberts | March 30, 2020 |

Did you know that in a majority of states the government can take your children from you just because you have a disability, like being blind?  Don’t miss out on this episode, where Michael talks with Mark Riccobono, president of the National Federation of the Blind. President Riccobono sheds crucial light on how blind parents…

To Whom Do Children Belong?

By Sheila Roberts | March 30, 2020 |

Your children are yours, right? Or are they?  This week, Michael talks with Melissa Moschella, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, about the legal and philosophical underpinnings of parental rights. Melissa also breaks down the arguments of those who want to treat children as property of the government and reduce parents…

C&S: Reviewing “The Pursuit of Happyness”

By Sheila Roberts | February 25, 2020 |

Are poor parents automatically bad parents? The Cory and Shellby Jo Show is back with our first movie review, exploring parental rights in pop culture. This week, we discuss The Pursuit of Happyness, a movie that highlights a father’s resolve to provide for his son, no matter what. For us, this movie raises questions about what…

“Child Abuse Pediatricians”

By Sheila Roberts | February 18, 2020 |

What are “child abuse pediatricians” and why should you be concerned? Find out in this episode, as Michael talks with UNC law professor Maxine Eichner. Eichner shares her professional and personal experience with parental rights in the medical world, plus her insight on the Justina Pelletier case from one who’s been there.

Talking with Attorney Allison Folmar

By Sheila Roberts | February 11, 2020 |

This week, Michael talks with attorney Allison Folmar, who led the defense in the nationally publicized 2011 Maryanne Godboldo case. Allison tells us all about the case and the family’s story from the inside, and how it impacted the state of parental rights. 

Parental Rights Legislation Update

By Sheila Roberts | February 4, 2020 |

This week, hear about Senator Mike Lee’s new parental rights legislation, which would help keep you informed and involved in your children’s medical care. Michael breaks down these bills (and more) with Maggie McKneely,’s liaison in Washington, DC.  You may hear a tapping sound in the background caused by our equipment – we’ll be…

C&S: A Dad’s Perspective

By Sheila Roberts | January 28, 2020 |

This week marks the first episode of the Cory & Shellby Jo Show. Once a month, two of our younger employees take over the show and break down some of the cultural issues surrounding parental rights. This week they’re joined by father of two and local musician Daniel Heffington, a parental rights advocate from Generation…