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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Central Registry Due Process

View the model as adopted by the American Legislative Exchange Council. A “Central Registry of Child Abusers” should be just that—a list of people convicted of abusing a child. Instead, far too many innocent parents get included because it is way too easy to end up on that list. Parents have even gone to family…

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Fundamental Parental Rights

View the model as adopted by the American Legislative Exchange Council. The United States Supreme Court has long held that parental rights are “among those fundamental liberty interests protected by the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.” Yet, the level of respect these rights should receive, especially at the state level, has been left a little…

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Confidential Reporting

View the model as adopted by the American Legislative Exchange Council. “Weaponizing the system:” That’s what we call it when someone places an anonymous call to a child abuse hotline to gain some personal advantage. It may be a parent in a nasty divorce situation trying to gain custody or more parenting time by making…

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