Is a bottom spanking (NOT a beating) a reason to take children from their parents, put them in foster homes and terminate parental rights? Protecting children must be done and ParentsUSA supports such work.
In this case, being taken to the US Supreme Court, a state statute authorizes private school teachers to use corporal punishment to correct or discipline a child and public teachers to use "reasonable force" to restrain or correct a child. But if a parent spanks her or his child, the child can be taken by CPS, put in foster care and the parents must battle in court to get the children back home; battling in a system that is not structured actually to help children.
Black, brown or white, the children taken are traumatized, under the claim that doing so is for their protection, are put in foster care often separated from siblings and certainly not in their own home with their parents and not in school with their friends. How can this be? Minnesota’s civil statutes, not criminal statutes, prohibit all parental discipline by defining it as “child abuse.” Even parents yelling or threatening to discipline invites CPS interference, taking children away, and termination of parental rights. Do you find it hard to believe this happens? In America? ParentsUSA knows it does, even when the children are not harmed and not at risk of harm.
We can disagree about whether corporal punishment in the form of spankings is a good idea. The legal issue is whether and under what standards can government take children away from their parents when a parent administers what is objectively NOT excessive and NOT unreasonable corporal punishment.
The Petition for Certiorari was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on December 29, 2020. ParentsUSA has been invited and urged to prepare and to file its Amicus Curiae Brief, which will be due on or about January 28, 2021.
During the recent Senate Judiciary Hearings, Senators spoke about donations by certain entities for amicus briefs and rattled off amounts as much as $500,000! We seek to raise only enough to pay for the cost of the printer (yes, paper filings with the US Supreme Court and by printers who just do this) and for the enormous legal effort necessary! Anything you donate to help will be appreciated! Please also share with your friends and colleagues. Thank you.
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