Time to Take Action in Your State

It is time to take action! As I reported last week, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) voted unanimously to adopt our model bill to end anonymous reports to child abuse hotlines, replacing them with confidential reports instead. That makes right now—and these next 2-3 months—the ideal time to reach out to your state lawmakers…

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New Family Protections in Texas, Florida

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday signed a law that will protect families from unnecessary separation on the opinion of a single child abuse pediatrician. At the same time, the Florida legislature sent its Parents’ Bill of Rights to Governor Ron DeSantis for his signature, which is expected at any time.  Listen to the Second…

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Parents’ Bill of Rights Making Progress in Florida

The proposed Parents’ Bill of Rights in Florida has taken great strides in the past week, and it is well on its way to being adopted into law. First, House Bill 241 passed the Florida House by a vote of 78–37 on Thursday, April 1. Then, Senate Bill 582 was taken up in the Senate…

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Parental Rights State Legislation Update

Legislative sessions around the country are in full swing, and several parental rights bills are still in play. In Iowa, a bill to codify existing state Supreme Court precedent has passed the House and is heading to committee hearings in the Senate this week. In fact, by the time this newsletter reaches you, House File…

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Urgent: Iowa Parental Rights Law Needs Your Voice Today

Your state representative needs to hear from you in the next few hours so they can vote to support your parental rights.  Iowa H.F. 819, a bill to codify existing parental rights protections into Iowa law, is on the debate schedule for today, March 25, 2021.  Sponsored by Rep. Eddie Anders, H.F. 819 takes language…

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Urgent: Calls Needed for Florida Parental Rights

We are in a critical moment for Parental Rights in Florida. We need you as Florida parents to contact your state district Representative, Senator, and Senate Leadership.  In the current Florida legislative session, the Parents’ Bill of Rights is gaining traction among those Florida legislators who understand that putting Florida families first is a legislative…

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Parental Rights State Legislation Update

Update on DC Minor Consent Act If you aren’t yet familiar with the bill in DC that would allow 11-year-olds to give legal consent for vaccinations their parents have already opted them out of, you can read up on it here. If you haven’t yet reached out to your US representative and senators and urged…

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CAPTA Reform: Good or Bad?

The US House Committee on Education and Labor recently announced the introduction of the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, or “Stronger CAPTA,” to amend the primary federal statutes dealing with how child welfare agencies across the country operate. Bobby Scott (D-VA) is the lead sponsor on the bill, joined by a bipartisan collection…

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It’s Time to Push for Reform

As 45 states start their legislative sessions this month, now is the time for you and me to push lawmakers to champion necessary child welfare reform. Last summer, we presented model language for a bill that would provide due process before a name goes on a child abuse registry. Volunteers in more than a dozen…

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Urgent DC Bill Update

The DC bill allowing minors to consent to vaccination without their parent’s knowledge or consent, the bill that would keep any knowledge of the vaccination from the child’s parents even long after the fact, has finally been delivered to the desk of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. If you live in the District, we would ask…

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