Parental Rights in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Parental Rights News

Action Alert: Call your Rhode Island State Representative to Enact Parents’ Bill of Rights

February 10, 2022

We are excited to let you know that Rhode Island State Representative Patricia Morgan has introduced H. 7138, to bill to Enact a Parents’ Bill of Rights.  We strongly support this bill. If H. 7138 were to be passed into law, it would: enshrine into Rhode Island law that parental rights are a fundamental right, provide…

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Rhode Island State Law and Parental Rights

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Rhode Island does not have a state statute that explicitly defines and protects parental rights as fundamental rights.

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Rhode Island Courts and Parental Rights

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Rhode Island's State Supreme Court has long held that "[n]atural parents have a fundamental liberty interest in the care, custody, and management of their child..." See, e.g., In re Manuel P., 252 A.3d 1211, 1218 (R.I. 2021); In re Indiana M., 230 A.3d 577, 583 (R.I. 2020); In re Antonio G., 657 A.2d 1052, 1057 (R.I. 1995). Because parental rights have been held as "fundamental," the standard of "strict scrutiny" may (or may not) be applied the next time these rights are taken up by the high court.