At Let Grow, we believe kids have the right to some independence, and parents have the right to give it to them—without getting arrested or investigated for neglect. That’s why Let Grow is working to change the neglect laws.
Let Grow has helped change the law in 8 states, with more on the way.
Bad Laws Can Hurt Good Families
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.
Parents know best when kids are ready for some unsupervised time.
Reasonable Childhood Independence laws help parents who WANT or NEED to step back.
Kids have more freedom when parents don’t fear being reported.
Let Grow has helped pass “Reasonable Childhood Independence” bills in eight states to date, always with bi-partisan support. Want this to happen in your state? We make our experience and expertise available.
We’re currently considering a handful of states for next year, including Michigan and Nebraska.
Reasonable Independence Laws are often a matter of equity.
Our supporters include parents, teachers, psychologists, pediatricians and kids!
Reasonable Childhood Independence Laws are big news
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.
Editorial, Las Vegas Review-Journal
[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.
Editorial, Enid (Oklahoma) News
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.
Meagan Flynn, Washington Post
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.
Sen. Janet Bucker & Rep. Kim Ransom, Colorado Sun
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.
Utah Mom Mica Hauley, The New York Times
[This bill] will give the children of Virginia the chance to have the kind of independence we cherished.
Virginia State Senators Jill Vogel (R) and Jennifer Boysko (D), Richmond Times Dispatch
I'd like to get involved in my state
If you might be interested in promoting Reasonable Childhood Independence legislation in your state, or have been shamed or investigated for a parenting decision, please contact us. We won’t share your information without permission.
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Shamed or Investigated?
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.