# Parental rights
Opinion: The Parents Bill of Rights We Actually Need
It seems to me that a lot of bad things are done with the justification of saying it’s “for the children.” If you look around the fractured landscape of the modern United States of America, it’s pretty clear that not a lot of people care what happens to our children.
Beverly Hills Doctor Sues DCFS Over False Allegations of Child Abuse
An affluent doctor's DCFS case highlights the corruption low-income families face in the child welfare system. Beverly Hills doctor Susan Spell filed a $750 million lawsuit against Los Angeles County to regain custody of her four children, who were wrongfully removed from her care without a warrant or court order.
Opinion: “Anti-Woke” Is “Pro-Oppression”
Here’s the thing I don’t understand about the whole “woke” debate. Why is anyone bothered by it? There are so many people and politicians in the United States who seem to act like “woke” is a bad thing.
Opinion: School Kids Must Feel Comfortable at School
There’s been a lot of conversation lately about how teaching the true racial history of the United States might make kids feel uncomfortable or bad about themselves. Critics say this attitude amounts to censorship, but about half of the population of our country has proven it has no problem with censorship provided it’s presented as a way to “protect” children.
Maine Mom Seeks Answers to Why her 13 year old Daughters Public School Kept her Gender Transition a Secret
A school in Damariscotta is dealing with a public controversy after one of the school's parents demanded answers about why they concealed her daughter's gender transition from her. Amber Lavinge is demanding answers from the school after finding a chest binder in her 13-year-old daughter's bedroom in December 2022. Lavinge found out that the school social worker her daughter had been seeing at school had given her the chest binder and had also been advising her on transitioning. The social worker told the daughter that the school wasn't going to tell her parents about the transition and that the daughter also didn't need to tell her parents. Amber said, “This is unacceptable. A school employee secretly encouraged my daughter to change her gender and hide it from me. The school never stopped trying to keep me in the dark at every turn, repeatedly stonewalling me when I tried to find out what was going on. My parental rights aren’t up for debate. I deserve to know what’s happening to my child in school.”
Republicans elevate 'parental rights' as top issue while looking to outflank each other heading into 2024
As the 2024 presidential election approaches, Republicans have elevated the issue of "parental rights" to the top of their platform. The issue has become a central rallying cry for the party as they seek to outflank each other in the lead up to the primaries.
Opinion: Child Welfare Laws Are Fundamentally Flawed
The Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) signed into law by President Clinton in 1997 is having the exact opposite effect of its original intention. The purpose of the ASFA was to improve the lives of children in foster care by establishing three primary goals for child welfare. The goals were safety, permanency, and well-being.
Thousands of Children are Needlessly Placed in the Foster Care System Due to a Perverse Cash Incentive
In California there are currently over 60,000 children in foster care. Los Angeles County accounts for more than half that number, with over 33,000 children in the foster care system.
Biological mother who voluntarily signed away parental rights wants to meet daughter after 17 years
A 40-year-old woman took to a Reddit post to tell her story about how she gave up her parental rights to the daughter she gave birth to 17 years ago. She now would like to meet the teenager and must go through the child's father who raised her.
Proposed Gender Identity Policy At Maine School Called A Distraction From Education By Parents
The MSAD 17 school district serves 3400 students in eight towns in Maine. One of the schools in the district, Oxford School District, introduced a proposed gender identity policy in October 2022. The proposed gender identity policy was read at the October school board meeting, and a public forum was scheduled to discuss the policy in November 2022. The school board said the policy was intended to provide support for students of all gender and sexual identities by fostering a safe and comfortable environment free of harassment.
Opinion: Laws Banning CRT Represent Government Censorship, Moderating Comments Is Not Censorship
A few days ago I wrote an article about how moderating comments on an article is not an example of censorship. Exactly as I predicted, the article was flooded with comments denouncing censorship in any form.
Can judges save kids from parental alienation?
If a parent is alienating a child, the court may order that the alienating parent take reunification therapy or parenting classes. It can also order that the alienating parent make more time for their children. This is a difficult process to prove, so if you suspect that your spouse is alienating your children, it's best to hire a good lawyer.
Parental alienation is child abuse
One of the first steps in filing a parental alienation case is to gather evidence. This documentation can help the court see a pattern of alienation. Usually, a targeted parent can gather evidence through electronic communications, such as texts or emails. The targeted parent may also document disparaging remarks made by the mother. He can ask the alienating parent to explain her comments, if possible.
Opinion: Parents Need to Recognize the Danger of School Prayer
I don’t understand why Christians and conservatives don’t recognize the danger of forced prayer in public schools, so let me walk you through it. Imagine a future where there is no longer any restriction on teacher-led prayer at public schools. After years and years of activism and personal sacrifice, the government finally issues a prayer mandate.
Opinion: I Believe Exposure to Any Form of Prayer Is Extremely Harmful to Children
As a parent, I have a right to know what kind of information my children are exposed to at school. My children have a right to receive a basic education without being exposed to the “Christian agenda” or the agenda of any other religion.
Maine School District 6 School Board Makes Decision on Removing Controversial Book from School Library
Maine School District 6 (MSAD 6) serves 3,500 students in the towns of Buxton, Frye Island, Hollis, Limington, and Standish, and a group of parents at the August 22nd school board meeting requested that two books be removed from the school library. One of the books is “It's Perfectly Normal”: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie Harris, and the other book is “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe.
Sacramento CPS takes 8 children from mother after going to homeless shelter
Hearing to take mother’s parental rights of 2-year-old son next week. Sabrina Williams (left) her sister and her son Isaiah in Washington.(Photo courtesy of Sabrina Williams)
Organizations holding statewide ‘Crush CPS’ rally at the Capitol building
(Image courtesy of The Justice Coalition Reform) The Justice Reform Coalition (JRC) is one of many organizations gathering for a “Crush CPS” rally at the Capitol building in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday morning.