Posts Tagged free range parenting

Sunshine is the Best Disinfectant: Attention Given to Maryland’s Harassment of Free-Range Parents Makes a Difference

Sunshine is the Best Disinfectant: Attention Given to Maryland’s Harassment of Free-Range Parents Makes a Difference

The case of the Meitiv family of Silver Springs, Maryland, is rapidly earning its place in American child welfare history. We all bemoan the tail wagging the dog, dreading the next ridiculous piece of legislation to come our way due to a knee-jerk overreaction to the negative outcome of a single, outlying case. Rather than rage against the wind, though, mightn’t we acknowledge that the public learns its dependency law largely from newspaper headlines, and accept our responsibility to educate

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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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