Tag: child

Member Story: Our waiter called the police on us

Member Story: Our waiter called the police on us

Scott and Nicole Gilmer* were looking forward to a nice dinner with their pastor and friends at a local restaurant. They left their two oldest children at home with their babysitter but decided to take their seven-month-old daughter, Sofia, with them to dinner.  The evening began cheerfully, and time passed quickly. Sofia’s head began to […]

Member Story: From home birth to hospital to CPS report

Member Story: From home birth to hospital to CPS report

Ryan and Kelly Kingston* were expecting their newest baby boy and Kelly wanted to have a home birth. Everything with the labor and delivery went smoothly. Baby John made his arrival on schedule, healthy and doing great. However, when Kelly’s bleeding did not stop, they immediately went to the ER. When the three of them […]

Author Durenda Wilson: “This happened to our family.”

Author Durenda Wilson: “This happened to our family.”

“Have you ever wondered what you would do if CPS showed up at your door? This happened to our family a little over a year ago and today I’m telling our story.” In her recent podcast episode, Durenda Wilson, homeschool mom and author of The Unhurried Homeschooler and The Four Hour School Day, recounts her […]

Newborn Blood Spot Screening and Parental Rights

Newborn Blood Spot Screening and Parental Rights

Do I have to let the state health department have a sample of my baby’s blood? As if labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery were not enough to deal with upon a newborn’s arrival, there are also postnatal laws and regulations parents will encounter. One of these is the required newborn screening (NBS) process, which can […]

Top News: Mandatory reporting laws are a failure

Top News: Mandatory reporting laws are a failure

When a person has a suspicion that a child is being abused or neglected, laws in every state require members of certain professions—and sometimes everyone—to report those suspicions to law enforcement or child protective services. On its face, this seems like a good idea. But it has actually been counterproductive to the original intent of […]

COVID-19 Vaccines for Schoolchildren

COVID-19 Vaccines for Schoolchildren

Though few people are talking about it anymore, a question raised over the past several years remains: will states require the COVID-19 vaccine for school-aged children? The answer is that it depends on the state. A few states have already published their immunization requirements for school children for the 2023-24 school year, but most have […]

Member Story: “Their dog bit my child, then they reported us to CPS.”

Member Story: “Their dog bit my child, then they reported us to CPS.”

At times, relationships with neighbors can be complicated. Relationships with the neighbors’ pet can sometimes be even more so, like it was for Amanda Fairfield.* When the neighbor’s dog harassed and eventually bit one of her children, Amanda called the police. Afterwards, the family moved on with life, little anticipating that the issue would resurface […]

Member Story: Church children’s ministry calls CPS on parents

Member Story: Church children’s ministry calls CPS on parents

One bright Friday morning, Courtney Caddo* took her two daughters, two-year-old Mia and five-year-old Ella, to a park day with lots of other parents and children from their church. While Ella played on the playground, Courtney was at a picnic table visiting with five other parents while Mia played next to her. At one point, […]

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