Chicken Pox as Child Abuse?

KSDK reports, “Woman’s chicken pox party concerns authorities.” It’s been a longtime practice among parents who believe in natural immunizations. Chicken pox parties are popular with families who want their children to catch the disease, rather than be vaccinated. However, a visit to a Plano mom’s home by Child Protective Services this week has triggered worries within the community that authorities may be prosecuting them as bad parents. The mom said that CPS knocked on her door because she Read more […]

About Time! Parents Cleared of Letting Children Play Outside … for Now

The Meitivs were charged with neglect for letting their children play outside; they have been cleared in one of the two instances. Child Protective Services has, in one case, cleared parents of the accusation of “neglecting” their children by letting them walk to the neighborhood park and play. Ironically, in the second case, the children were grabbed by strangers and held captive for hours—the strangers being the police. The Washington Post reports, “Maryland’s ‘free range’ Read more […]

Parents Responsible for Unsubstantiated Neglect. Really.

For letting their children walk outside together, CPS has ruled parents are responsible for unsubstantiated neglect. Those were the words officially released by Maryland Child Services. Thus the Washington Post headline: “‘Unsubstantiated’ child neglect finding for free-range parents.” The Maryland parents investigated for letting their young children walk home by themselves from a park were found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect in a decision that has not fully Read more […]

Mother Jones Gives Us Good Reason To Ditch Public School & Embrace 2nd Amendment

Mother Jones is a left wing magazine (duh) and so, being a right-wing Christian writing on a right wing blog, I confess I am tempted to feel somewhat guilty for linking them. In this case I’m going to use Matt Drudge as to back up my “authentic conservative” street cred because he linked the same article. How Every Part of American Life Became a Police Matter is a really valuable piece. Let me share a lesson conservatives can learn from it. Homeschooling isn’t just about educating children; Read more […]

On Child Protective Services, Part 3: The Real Abusers

One of the things my wife and I did immediately after our children were taken from us by LA County Child Protective Services (aside from getting lawyers) was begin to comply with any potential requirements they might make of us. We didn’t want an unjumped-through hoop to hold up the speedy return of our children. So, on the recommendation of our lawyers based on intimations of the Commissioner (pseudo-judge) based on CPS precedent, I went to anger management classes, my wife and I got individual Read more […]

On Child Protective Services, Part 2: Law/Enforcement Disconnect

Imagine you are driving down the road five miles under the marked speed limit and a police officer pulls you over for speeding. He says, “Yes, the speed limit says 45, but me and the boys have decided it would be better for you to drive 30. So we’re gonna take your car away. If you don’t like it, you can take it up with a judge. Oh, but not at a regular court. At our court. And not with elected judges. With judges we’ve appointed and can fire at will. Oh, and my verbal testimony in court Read more […]

On Child Protective Services, Part 1: Putting Children Before the Family

Many of you in the South may be familiar with DFCS (pronounced dee-fax), the Division of Family and Child Services. In California, this same agency is called DCFS, the Department of Children and Family Services. I think these labels say a lot about what the agencies are designed to do. While the service DFCS renders is the “division” of family and child, at DCFS, they put children before the family—to the detriment of the family unit, the authority of the parents, and even the well-being of Read more […]