Right now, most states’ neglect laws are incredibly open-ended. They say things like, “Parent must provide proper supervision.” We agree! But people have different ideas of what that entails. Let Grow-supported legislation says that neglect is when you put your child in obvious, serious and likely danger — not anytime you simply take your eyes off them.
Let Grow has helped pass “Reasonable Childhood Independence” bills in five states to date, always with bi-partisan support. Want this to happen in your state? We make our experience and expertise available.
We’ve got model laws, sample testimony, talking points for legislators, and tips on what has worked (and not worked). Everything you need to sow the seeds of change!
A Utah law minimizes the chances those who allow their children to play unsupervised or engage in some other independence-building endeavor will be charged with neglect. Nevada lawmakers should follow suit.
[This bill] also helps in preventing parents from being investigated for neglect or losing custody of their children simply because they are poor or from a struggling single-parent home.
Under the law, state child-welfare authorities can no longer take children away from their parents if their kids are caught doing those various activities alone, as long as their kids are adequately fed, clothed and cared for.
We want Colorado parents to be able to give their kids the kind of independence almost all of us over age 30 grew up with.
I can now make the decisions that are best for my children and not live in fear I am being judged and could be arrested.
[This bill] will give the children of Virginia the chance to have the kind of independence we cherished.
Far too many good parents get shamed, blamed, or even investigated for their reasonable parenting decisions. We are obviously against actual child abuse and neglect, and do not encourage dangerous behavior.
If you are dealing with an investigation, arrest, or even just someone harassing you for taking your eyes off your kids, you are likely to feel shaken and scared. Find out what you can do about it.
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