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

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.

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.