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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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Reforming the Child Welfare System, with Jerry Milner

By Sheila Roberts | March 9, 2021

Far too often, the child welfare system sends children straight to foster care, destroying innocent families and harming the very children it tries to protect. How can we prioritize preserving families and giving parents the support they need instead? This week, Jim talks with Jerry Milner, former Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau in the…

Parental Rights and the Constitution, with William Wagner

By Sheila Roberts | March 2, 2021

This week, Michael talks with William Wagner, distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law at the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, and president of Salt and Light Global. William has served as a Federal Judge in the U.S. Courts, as Legal Counsel in the U.S Senate, as Senior Assistant United States Attorney in the Department of Justice,…

DC Bill 23-171 with Rolf Hazelhurst

By Sheila Roberts | February 23, 2021

Imagine if your 11-year-old child could receive medical procedures without your knowledge or approval. What exactly is DC Bill 23-171, the Minor Consent to Vaccination Act, and why are we so concerned with stopping this legislation?  Rolf Hazlehurst is a senior attorney with Children’s Health Defense and has been actively engaged in the practice of…

Who Gets to Decide? With Melissa Moschella

By Sheila Roberts | February 16, 2021

Someone is going to make decisions for your child. Should it be you (the parent) or the government?  And what really is in the best interest of your child?  This week, Jim talks with Melissa Moschella, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, where her teaching focuses on bioethics and the moral…

A History of Child Welfare, with Martin Guggenheim

By Sheila Roberts | February 9, 2021

This week, Jim talks with Martin Guggenheim, who has taught at the NYU School of Law for over 25 years, and is one of the foremost experts on family law and family rights today. Marty tells us about his lengthy career in the family law field, including how the current child welfare system came to…

Stopping the ASFA Clock, with Chris Gottlieb

By Sheila Roberts | February 2, 2021

The Adoption and Safe Families Act imposes a 15-month deadline for families separated by the child welfare system to reunify. In the age of COVID, many families are torn apart because of governmental delays they can’t control. What can we do to stop this unjust timetable? This week, Jim talks with Chris Gottlieb, Co-Director of…

A Better Permanence, with Maggie McKneely

By Sheila Roberts | January 26, 2021

It’s a new year, with a new Presidential Administration and a new Congress. What changes and reforms can we expect in child welfare and parental rights law?  This week, Michael talks with Government Affairs Liaison Maggie McKneely. Maggie gives us an update on the DC Vaccines Bill and discusses why the ASFA (Adoption and Safe…

Parents Need Support, Not Policing, with Joyce McMillan

By Sheila Roberts | January 19, 2021

Child welfare and family services claim to act in the best interest of children, but far too often government agencies punish innocent parents and rip apart low-income and minority families.  What would a child welfare system look like that supports parents and keeps families together? This week, Michael talks with Joyce McMillan, Founder of JMAC…

Grassroots Change for Parental Rights, with Patti Sullivan

By Sheila Roberts | January 11, 2021

The need for reform in the child welfare system and parental rights legislation is great, but the challenge is daunting. How can you get involved in the fight to protect your parental rights? This week, Michael talks with Patti Sullivan, ParentalRights.org’s Florida State Coordinator and long-time advocate for families and parental rights. Patti tells us…

Hope for 2021

By Sheila Roberts | January 4, 2021

This week in a rare solo episode, Michael talks about our legislative efforts coming up in  2021 as we aim to keep more families together and empower parents to protect their children. Child abuse registry reform and anonymous reporting reforms are highlighted.

Wrapping up 2020

By Sheila Roberts | December 29, 2020

This week, Michael and Shellby look back on our work in 2020. Although it’s been a rough year for all of us, we’ve seen a number of bright spots in the work of the Parental Rights Foundation and in the discussions we’ve had on the EPPiC Broadcast. Join us for a recap!

Where Do Parental Rights Come From? with Robert George

By Sheila Roberts | December 15, 2020

Where do parental rights come from? And why are parents the ones best suited to make decisions for their children?  This week, Jim talks with eminent scholar, natural law expert, and Princeton law professor Robert P. George. Robert unpacks the legal and philosophical underpinning of parental rights, and deals with some arguments made by detractors…