Posts Tagged ‘news’

Bipartisan Coalition Letter to Protect Parental Rights

Dear Champion of Parental Rights, This morning United Family Advocates, the bipartisan coalition with whom we are working on family law reforms, put our finishing touches on a letter to Congress outlining things we hope to add and to avoid in the upcoming re-authorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). The 16-page…

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Mandatory Home Visits Coming to Oregon?

Dear Champion of Parental Rights, Are the headlines true? Are universal mandatory home visits coming to Oregon in the near future? At first read, it appears Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s latest budget proposal would introduce over the next six years a program of mandatory in-home visits for every family with a newborn child. Not just…

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Parental Rights To Be Addressed in State Legislatures

Dear Champion of Parental Rights, State legislatures all over the country reconvened this week (or last), and in some of them the issue of parental rights is, if not front and center, at least high on the agenda. Sadly, in recent years many states have taken up bills that would further erode parental rights, such…

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We Have A Sponsor for Parental Rights Amendment!

We Have A Sponsor

Dear Champion of Parental Rights, It’s time! Today is the day to call Congress in preparation for the introduction of the Parental Rights Amendment (PRA) in the U.S. House. Last month we met with Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), and he agreed wholeheartedly to become the lead sponsor of the Parental Rights Amendment in this new…

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We Are Changing the Culture!

Changing the Culture

Dear Champion of Parental Rights, Thanks to you, we are doing something very few non-profits have accomplished in all of history: we are changing the culture for families in America. When a child services investigator knocked on my door on April Fool’s Day 2003, it was no joke. We had no idea who “called us…

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No Chance to Say “Goodbye”

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A hospital in Toronto has proposed that doctors should have the authority to euthanize minor patients without even a word to the parents. [News source: Sick children in Canada may soon be euthanized without parental consent.] An end-of-life decision for a terminally ill child must be heart-wrenching, a parent’s worst nightmare. But can you imagine…

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An American Child Kidnapped in Norway

Amy and Child

[Photo from Step up 4 Children’s Rights YouTube video.] This week, Amy Jakobsen received news every loving parent dreads: the courts have officially “released” her son “for adoption.” Amy is an American citizen who was living in Norway in July of 2013, when her troubles all began. Amy’s Story As a first-time mother, Amy grew…

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Every Three Days

Every 3 Days

Dear Champion of Parental Rights, Heartbreaking. Unjust. Shameful. These are just a few of the words that come to mind when I consider the shocking violation of parental rights in our country. I think of a three-year-old Colorado girl who was strip-searched while attending day-care, without a warrant and without her mother’s knowledge. The Federal…

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New CAPTA Bill Shifts Power to Parents

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It may be the rarest of all gifts in American politics today: any topic that can bring bipartisan support. Such is parental rights, which according to polling enjoys the support of more than 90% from any political party—Democrat, Republican, or Independent. This gift of bipartisan agreement should apply equally to H.R. 6233, a bill newly…

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