*Knock, knock* Someone is at your door. You step toward it and look through the peephole. It’s a stranger, and they look official. You open the door. “Hello, can I help you?” you ask. “Hi, I’m from Child Protective Services and I need to speak with you. A report has been made against you concerning […]
Member Story: Family defies doctors’ orders?
Hospital staff thought the Noconas were not following doctors orders and immediately reported them to CPS.
Member Story: Neighbors climb fence to video family’s children
The Mackenzie* family suspected there was criminal activity going on at their neighbor’s house. When the Mackenzies saw those neighbors climbing the Mackenzies’ fence to video the Mackenzies’ children, they felt they had to call the police. After the police visited the neighbors and gave them a warning, the neighbors retaliated by falsely reporting the […]
Member Story: Hospital Calls CPS After Parents Advocate for Daughter
Samantha Cooper* suffered from an extremely difficult condition for which medication had proven to be incapable of preventing flare-ups. As a result, this meant that Samantha and her parents, Richard and Lisa, had become regulars at the local children’s hospital. Samantha’s day-to-day healthcare was guided by protocols established and refined over time by her specialists. […]
Harvard Law Professor Calls for a “Presumptive Ban” on Homeschooling
Harvard Magazine recently published an article in which Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Bartholet calls for a “presumptive ban” on homeschooling. In the article, Bartholet states that homeschooling not only violates children’s right to a “meaningful education” and their right to be protected from potential child abuse, but may keep them from contributing positively to […]
Member Story: Daughter’s Sunday School Teacher Sparks Months-Long CPS Investigation
Late one evening, five-year-old Madison* was out of her bed, speaking and singing so loudly that she was on the verge of waking up her three siblings. Her father, Michael, asked her to quiet down, but she just got louder. “Honey… shh… shh…,” Michael finally whispered as he gently put his fingers on his rambunctious daughter’s […]
Father Arrested After Daughter Tells Teacher He Spanked Her
After a California lawmaker’s young daughter told her teacher that her father had spanked her, he was arrested for child cruelty and CPS took away his three children. One evening, California state assemblyman Joaquin Arambula spanked his seven-year-old daughter after she misbehaved. She went to school the next morning and told her teacher that her […]
Member Story: Hospital Says: Bring Your Daughter Back or We Are Calling CPS
Mrs. Henry was running some errands that morning while Mr. Henry had taken the day off to spend it with their five children.* As Mr. Henry was making breakfast, their eleven- and eight-year-old daughters, Regina and Sarah, were supposed to be outside doing their chores. Instead, they had run away…
Free-Range Parenting is Not Illegal, New Utah Law Affirms
Should I leave my child alone in the car or at home? Can I let them play at the park across from our house? Can they play a game of basketball in the street? While we parents may have grown up doing these activities, our children live in a different society–one which is not necessarily […]
Member Story: Family Reported to CPS After Baby’s Weight Dips Below Growth Curve
Though the Halberts’ newborn baby boy was otherwise doing great, someone called CPS on them after his weight temporarily dipped below his projected growth curve.