Some News Notes are below . See the postings at the end for specific news items too. And see my commentary page for more opinions.
Today (September 11) I was honored to be interviewed by Niala Budu on Illinois Public Radio today with Kim Brooks, author of the beautifully written book "Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear. " We talked about the terrible toll our surveillance society is exacting on parents and children—the result of massive hotline and 911 calling when parents run simple errands or let kids play outside. My segment starts at 38:10 on this tape: https://lnkd.in/dU3p4wM
A new Reason.com column by Lenore Skenazy highlights "Cassie" case (my home page story here), our work on behalf of domestic violence victim Rochelle Vermeulen, and it draws the powerful connection between family separation at the border and family separations throughout the country carried out by child protective services.https://reason.com/blog/2018/06/21/cps-family-separation-immigration
The Washington Times today (June 6, 2018) has a terrific article focusing on our efforts to narrow neglect allegations and stop labeling reasonable parents as child neglectors. It talks about our efforts to change child welfare laws and practices. The article doesn't explain that it is mostly poor and minority families who get clobbered with amorphous neglect findings, but these law and policy changes will help everyone, including the real victims of abuse. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/5/free-range-parents-want-more-freedom-kids/
My article in Verdict Magazine "Child Abuse Registers Abuse Due Process" is out in print! Here it is! I make the case that child abuse registers are too easy to be listed in, and almost impossible to get out of for millions of wrongly accused family members. The article argues for multiple reforms that would make child abuse registers fairer, but the bigger question is whether child abuse registers should be used at all. Shouldn't a court action be needed to declare someone a child abuser? Child abuser registers based on the say-so of a caseworker should be abolished; they are harming millions of American families through their operation as employment blacklists.
Lenore Skenazy makes news big time again: the new Utah "Free-Range" law and Lenore herself are being featured on Good Morning America tomorrow (March 27, 2018)
I've been interviewed, again, about the famous (or infamous) “Home Alone II”/Schoo case in Illinois. http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-home-alone-schoo-impact-st-1215-20171221-story,amp.html?__twitter_impression=true
The case led to a law that gave state officials more open-ended discretion to determine parents were neglectful if they let their children be alone. Read my commentary and reminiscence on how this bad case made some bad law.
I'm so proud to share Ruth White's testimony today (April 17, 2018) here, before the House Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, Committee on Housing and Financial Services, in support of the Housing Opportunities for Foster Youth Act .