Posts Tagged CPS

Joshua (DeShaney) Braam: Honoring the Person and Reconsidering the Case that, Sadly, Reached the Right Legal Result

Joshua (DeShaney) Braam: Honoring the Person and Reconsidering the Case that, Sadly, Reached the Right Legal Result

“Poor Joshua!” Justice Harry Blackmun’s dissent captured many children’s advocates’ responses to DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services. Randy DeShaney repeatedly beat his son Joshua and eventually brain damaged him, all while the local CPS officials were aware of the abuse and did not intervene. The Supreme Court held that the Due Process Clause did not give Joshua a legal remedy against the agency. When I first read the case as a law student, I was angry –

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Spokesperson: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to “examine the policies” of state CPS in “free-range parenting” case

Spokesperson: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to “examine the policies” of state CPS in “free-range parenting” case

Regular readers of Children, Families and the Law have come to know the Meitiv family of Maryland, who were recently found “responsible” for “unsubstantiated neglect” for allowing their children to walk home unaccompanied (and safely) from a local park. It’s now a national story, touching a nerve for many who wonder if limited public resources are used effectively in child protective services agencies. Whether your concerns center on child protection or parental rights (or both), it’s hard not to ask,

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“It’s not an issue of ‘fairness’ to parents”: Maryland’s CPS, Parental Rights and Free-Range Parenting

“It’s not an issue of ‘fairness’ to parents”: Maryland’s CPS, Parental Rights and Free-Range Parenting

“It’s not an issue of ‘fairness’ to parents,” is the response I received from Maryland’s Department of Human Resources, the state’s child protective services agency. No kidding. I had asked some basic questions relating to Montgomery County’s investigation of Alexander and Danielle Meitiv, the parents who unapologetically allowed their two kids to walk home unaccompanied from a local park. They admit they’d do the same thing again. This blog discussed the case back in January, and the parents have now

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Mom, Dad and CPS: Who Gets to Raise Our Kids?

Mom, Dad and CPS: Who Gets to Raise Our Kids?

Hellooooo, Rand Paul. Even those of us who oppose a return to the gold standard and lack a tinfoil hat must start wondering when libertarians will notice child protective services in America. If regular police shootings of unarmed citizens and ubiquitous NSA surveillance isn’t motivating enough, maybe being investigated for child neglect for letting your kids walk home together from the park will get their attention. That’s what happened to a Maryland couple who had the crazy idea to help their

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5 Confessions of a CPS Department Attorney

5 Confessions of a CPS Department Attorney

Some of my parent attorney colleagues used to joke with me that I represented “baby stealers.” I took it all in good fun and resisted the urge to come up with a sharp-tongued retort about their clients. Because the truth of the matter is, in most of my cases, I was rooting for the parents to get their kids back just as much as their attorneys were. Maybe that’s my “dirty little secret” as a CPS Department Attorney – but

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