In response to the recent story about "free-range" parenting, we posted a brief statement titled "Filling the Middle Ground between Parents and CPS." We hope you will take a look and let us know if you have any questions. We have also pasted an excerpt below.
"As adults we all have a responsibility to the future of our nation. The old saying “our children are our future” provides each of us with an opportunity to both serve our nation and to serve the well-being of our nation’s children. Ensuring their healthy development is something that should be the norm, not the exception.
The recent story about two Maryland children who were walking home, unsupervised has created a firestorm of controversy and opinion. The incident pits the roles, responsibilities and decisions of parents against those of the agencies that, by law, are required to investigate even the suspicion of child maltreatment. To us, what this story shows is that striking the balance between those two things can be difficult, but that ultimately the responsibility must rest somewhere. And we believe that it rests with each of us."