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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.

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Freedom to Grow, with Lenore Skenazy

By Sheila Roberts | June 29, 2021

What is “Reasonable Childhood Independence,” and why is it so important?  This week we talk again with Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids, and founder of the Let Grow movement. Lenore explains why it’s important for children to grow up with a healthy amount of freedom and responsibility. Plus, hear about some recent legislative wins…

Reforming CAPTA, with Andrew Brown

By Sheila Roberts | June 22, 2021

As we celebrate legislative victories in Texas, Congress is set to re-authorize the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). How should this important legislation be reformed to better help parents and children?  This week, we talk with Andrew Brown, a distinguished senior fellow of child and family policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Andrew…

The Case Against Universal Preschool, with Peter Gray

By Sheila Roberts | June 15, 2021

The Biden administration has recently proposed universal preschool for American families, but some experts are skeptical. What’s the case to be made against universal preschool?  This week, Jim talks with psychologist and Boston College research professor of psychology Dr. Peter Gray, author of the recent Psychology Today article, The Case Against Universal Preschool. Peter explains…

What is a Guardian Ad Litem? With Joanna Woolman

By Sheila Roberts | June 8, 2021

Guardians ad litem have great power over your family in a CPS case. But who are they?  This week, we’re talking with Joanna Woolman about guardians ad litem [GAL’s], the people responsible for representing your child’s interests in court. Joanna is an associate professor of law at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and the executive director…

Before You Call CPS, with Vivek Sankaren

By Sheila Roberts | June 1, 2021

When faced with a struggling family, bystanders can be quick to call CPS, not realizing that child protective agencies often aren’t equipped to help families and rush to punish them instead.  Vivek Sankaren is working to reform this broken system and provide families with helpful, high-quality legal care in the midst of CPS cases. Vivek…

Finding Family, with Enrique Gutierrez of FindMyParent.org

By Sheila Roberts | March 23, 2021

This week, Michael talks with Enrique Gutierrez, founder of FindMyParent, a powerful new tool to help separated parents and children connect with each other. Enrique tells us how the tool works and explains why he decided to create this resource. You can learn more about his work and see how the tool works at  FindMyParent.org.

The Problem with Anonymous Reporting, with Dale Cecka

By Sheila Roberts | March 16, 2021

Anonymous calls to report child abuse are designed to protect children, but far too often anonymous reporting is maliciously abused to harm families. What if we replaced anonymous calls with confidential reporting?  This week, Jim talks with Dale Cecka, author of “Abolish Anonymous Reporting to Child Abuse Hotlines”  and “How Child Abuse Hotlines Hurt the Very Children…

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…