Parents’ Rights

Michigan Court of Appeals Demands Due Process for Families in Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings

Michigan Court of Appeals Demands Due Process for Families in Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings

Are we here for the parents, or are we here for the kids? That’s a question that underlies nearly every child welfare policy issue, and it’s a question often asked of and by child and family advocates. Yet it’s a question, in my view, that reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of how to protect children. Arbitrary, lawless removals by child protective services don’t just run roughshod over parents’ rights. They also threaten the safety, stability and well-being of kids themselves. The

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Arranged Marriage, Forced Marriage and Child Marriage, Right Here in the U.S.A.

Arranged Marriage, Forced Marriage and Child Marriage, Right Here in the U.S.A.

Compartmentalization is an essential skill for those who work for social justice. In fields like child welfare, as just one example, we can’t function if we absorb every trauma and consider every injustice to be our personal responsibility. We can’t solve every problem every day, so we put some of those challenges in a box, on a shelf. It’s a healthy, self-protective adaptation, helping to prevent the debilitating effects of vicarious trauma, to the benefit of our families and our

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Child Welfare and the Limits Of Our Ambition

Child Welfare and the Limits Of Our Ambition

Turns out it isn’t just Maryland. Readers of this blog know the Meitiv family of the Old Line State, the self-declared free-range parenting champions who battled their local CPS agency over the right to let their children traverse their neighborhood sans supervision. Now comes, “When Can Parents Let Children Be Alone?”, a report and call to action from the Illinois-based Family Defense Center. The Center’s Executive Director, Diane Redleaf, is a leading voice in the national parents’ rights movement, and

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Thanksgiving in July?

Thanksgiving in July?

Human relationships are transactional, and it’s no disrespect to human nature to suspect that a “thank you” may mean more than “thanks.” The giver may hope the expression of gratitude motivates the receiver to do even more of the thing they’ve just been thanked for. Parents who thank their older son repeatedly for not punching his little brother quite as often know what I’m saying. So, thank you. We started this blog in May of 2014 with no funding and

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Gay Marriage, the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Right to Burn the Pizza

Gay Marriage, the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Right to Burn the Pizza

If we live long enough, Things We Thought Would Never Happen In Our Lifetime still happen. For many of us, living in a country governed by an African American president has been followed by the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land. It’s 2015, and we still haven’t received the jet-packs we were all supposed to be flying around in 15 years ago, but the law’s view of marriage has been transformed. Are we also ready

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