Watch: Why Pass Parental Rights State Laws?

Today fifteen states protect parental rights as fundamental rights in state law. So, it’s very exciting that almost fifteen more states (currently 12) have introduced or are expected to introduce similar measures this legislative session. If every one of those were to pass—a longshot, I know—we would nearly double the number of states protecting our…

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Legislatures are Heating Up for the 2023 Session

It’s the time of year when many state legislatures convene for their new session, and already parental rights are a prominent issue in proposed new legislation. Some are “reasonable independence” bills, which aim to exclude from the definition of “neglect” certain activities some parents may reasonably allow their children to do on their own as…

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Coordinated Efforts Came Together on “Banner Day”

October 18 was a banner day for the Parental Rights Foundation, as our team coordinated major legislative undertakings at the state and national level at the same time. First, we traveled north to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where Will Estrada testified before the Pennsylvania Senate’s State Government Committee. The subject was Senate Bill 996, the Parental Rights…

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Protecting Innocent Families from Rogue CPS Investigations

Parental Rights Foundation president Will Estrada with Louisiana State Rep. Beryl Amedee at ALEC's 2022 convention in Atlanta.

We recently shared with you about our work to introduce a model bill at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Atlanta. Our model was drafted to ensure that innocent families know their legal rights when a child welfare investigator shows up at their door. The bill would help level the…

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Reasonable Independence

View the model as adopted by the American Legislative Exchange Council. A “Reasonable Independence” bill (formerly “Free Range Parenting”) is simple common sense. This model clearly excludes from a state’s definition of “neglect” a host of reasonable decisions any parent could make to allow their child to grow in independence and responsibility. Decisions like allowing…

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Foundation Ideas Fuel Victories for Parents

Even when we’re not working, we’re still working. That’s the realization I came to recently when three parental rights bills in three different western states all passed on the same day—and we didn’t have to oversee any of them. I recently wrote about the amazing work that parental rights volunteers are doing in states like…

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Don’t Miss It: Parental Rights Podcast Hits Amazing Stride

If you haven’t listened to the Parental Rights Foundation’s EPPiC Broadcast podcast lately, you might want to check it out again. There’s an onslaught of concerning topics and dangerous legislation being discussed in Congress and the media right now. Our guests are here to share with you how these different issues relate to parental rights…

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What to do with the Adoption and Safe Families Act?

Could the new Congress and the Biden administration open the door to amend the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA)? That is our hope at the Parental Rights Foundation, and that of United Family Advocates, the bipartisan coalition of which we are a cofounder and active part. Wrong Incentives First adopted in 1997, ASFA offers…

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Blacklisted for Not Seeking Unnecessary Treatment

Cases like this are why the Parental Rights Foundation works to demand due process through child welfare reforms. Recently, a West Coast couple had their names added to their state’s child abuse and neglect registry for not getting their child medical attention that the child didn’t need. If that sentence made sense to you, you…

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Former Magistrate Addresses “Educational Rights”

This week the Parental Rights Podcast features William Wagner’s discussion with our president, Jim Mason, about a Michigan law that would establish a “right” for all children to receive government-controlled education. Wagner is a former diplomat, federal prosecutor, and magistrate judge, a distinguished professor emeritus of law, and the president of Salt and Light Global.…

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