ALEC: The Time Is Now to Halt Anonymous Child Abuse Reports

According to national figures, nearly 3.5 million children are the subject of a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigation each year. Only 17% of these investigations result in a finding of abuse or neglect.  In 83% of these cases, the investigation is closed as unfounded or unsubstantiated. Among anonymous reports to child abuse hotlines, that number…

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Must See Parents’ Rights Video

On Saturday, August 28, Parental Rights Florida and the other champions of their recently passed Parents’ Bill of Rights celebrated the victory together. Part of their dinner included this eight-minute video of their accomplishment. The Florida Parents’ Bill of Rights demonstrates what can happen when the right people grab hold of the right idea at…

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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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Lending a Little HELP to the Senate’s Discussion

It happened so fast, coalition colleague Andrew Brown referred to it as a “fire drill.” Last Monday afternoon, our coalition was contacted by staff for the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (called the HELP Committee): they were going to be discussing a bill to reauthorize the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA),…

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DC “Legislative Disease” Spreading as Warned

Minnesota citizens rally in 2019 to oppose a change in state law that would have limited their choices as parents.

Minnesota citizens rally in 2019 to oppose a change in state law that would have limited their choices as parents. Unfortunately, we were right. Last fall when DC was considering a bill authorizing minors as young as 11 to consent to vaccines without their parents’ knowledge or consent, we warned that if the effort passed,…

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Empowering Volunteers to Bring Change to the States

I was sitting at my desk on a Monday morning in 2009, skimming the news for parental rights stories, when I got a call from someone I’d never met. Her name was Teri: she was a concerned mother in Oklahoma, and she had just heard then ParentalRights.org president Michael Farris on a radio show over…

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Big News! Florida Passes Parents’ Bill of Rights

In our largest 2021 parental rights victory to date, the Florida legislature passed House Bill 241, the Parents’ Bill of Rights, on Thursday, April 22. The measure passed the House by a vote of 78 to 37 on April 1, while a bill with the same content, S.B. 582, worked its way through the Senate.…

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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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