Protecting Children by Empowering Parents
Who We Are
We are concerned parents and citizens who care about children and are concerned by how parental rights are slipping away.
Children need to be raised and represented by parents who love them, not by disconnected government officials. When it comes to raising children, parents are better than the government.
Yet more and more, parental rights are not being upheld in courts.
We are working to preserve parental rights through a Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as through state and federal legislation that will protect children by empowering parents.
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ParentalRights.org and The Parental Rights Foundation
ParentalRights.org is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit political action organization. We work to pass legislation that will protect families by preserving parental rights, stop legislation that endangers those rights, and generally raise awareness of these issues in the public eye.
The Parental Rights Foundation is a related 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Foundation does not promote legislation, but instead focuses on educating policymakers and the general public in order to raise awareness of these issues. The Foundation also publishes or reviews academic research papers and occasionally submits amicus briefs in individual court cases in defense of parental rights.
Endorsements: Why They Support the Parental Rights Amendment
Shaun Alexander, 2005 NFL MVP
Dr. Stephen M. Krason, Ph.D.
Pastor Marvin L. Winans, Sr.
ParentalRights.org Board & Staff
Shaun Alexander (Board Member)
Shaun Alexander is a former football player for the Univeristy of Alabama, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Washington Redskins. A father himself, Shaun is passionate about the potential of parents to raise their children with the tools and outlook to make a positive change in the world.
Ethan Demme (Chairman)
Ethan Demme is the President and CEO of Demme Learning, as well as an elected member of the board of supervisors in East Lampeter Township (Pennsylvania).
Allison Folmar, J.D. (Board Member)
Civil rights attorney Allison Folmar garnered international attention as she passionately fought numerous charges brought against Michigan mother Maryanne Godboldo.
Rick Green (Board Member)
Rick Green is a former Texas State Representative, national speaker, author, and radio host.
Don and Vickie Howe (Board Members)
Don Howe, CLU, ChFC, is a Vietnam-era veteran of the United States Air Force and the Founder and CEO of Howe Insurance Services in Caldwell, Ohio. In 2003, he and Vickie founded Shepherd’s Retreat.
Dr. Stephen M. Krason, Ph.D. (Board Member)
Dr. Stephen M. Krason is Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies and Director of the Political Science Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has authored and edited numerous books and volumes.
James Mason, J.D. (President)
Jim Mason serves as President of ParentalRights.org while working as Vice President of Litigation and Development at the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).
Maggie McKneely (Staff)
Maggie McKneely is the Government Affairs Liaison for ParentalRights.org.
Grover Norquist, M.B.A. (Board Member)
For more than two decades, Grover Norquist has been one of DC’s most effective issues-management strategists.
Steve G. Oberlander, C.P.A. (Treasurer)
Steve Oberlander has a long history of serving as Chief Financial Officer or in other accounting capacities for various organizations.
Michael Ramey, M.Div. (Secretary, Executive Director)
Michael Ramey is the Executive Director for ParentalRights.org as well as the Director of Communications & Research.
John K. Rosemond, M.S. (Board Member)
John Rosemond, M.S., is one of America’s most well-known and respected parenting experts.
Dr. Rodger Sayre, M.D. (Board Member)
Rodger Sayre, M.D., FAAFP, has a busy family practice and is also a school physician. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and member of the American College of Sports Medicine.
J. Michael Smith, J.D. (Board Member)
A licensed attorney in CA, DC, and VA, Michael Smith is the President and co-founder of Home School Legal Defense Association.
Paul A. Suarez, M.D. (Board Member)
Paul A. Suarez, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon and a father to seven—four biologically and three through international adoption from China.
Vickie Suarez (Board Member)
Vickie served as the volunteer Pennsylvania State Coordinator for ParentalRights.org for eight years (and continues to serve in that capacity) before joining the board in 2018.