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Welcome to the EPPiC Broadcast: Empowering Parents and Protecting Children. Featuring personal stories, breaking news, and insightful commentary, we’ll encourage and inform you on the issue of family and parental rights as you guide and protect that child who is your world. From the Parental Rights Foundation. The EPPiC Broadcast welcomes discussion on a variety of viewpoints regarding parental rights issues; however, the views and opinions expressed by guests are solely their own.
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The 21st Century Children and Family Act, recently introduced into the House of Representatives, promises to reduce "legal orphans" in the foster care system by supporting families up front and keeping them together. Can we expect to see this change succeed?This week, Michael talks with Andrew Brown, a distinguished senior fellow of child and family policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Andrew has advocated for parents and families as an attorney, and he’s an expert on issues surrounding child and family policy. Andrew explains how our foster care system came to be this way, and breaks down the details of this new pro-family bill.Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
The recent Virginia gubernatorial election signaled a win for parental rights, arguably on a national level. Will the growing grassroots support for parental rights continue?This week, Michael talks with Joel Grewe and Jeremiah Lorrig, director and deputy director, respectively, of Generation Joshua -- an organization dedicated to educating youth about the political process and helping them enter the political arena.Join us for an in-depth breakdown of how parents rallied in Virginia to reject the establishment's anti-parent views. Can we expect to see similar victories for parental rights in the future?Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
Special Update

Special Update

2021-10-2601:16

The EPPiC Broadcast  is taking an official, two-week hiatus. We’ll be back with more great content on November 11th. Coming up, we’re going to be talking with Shanta Trivedi, Assistant Professor of Law and the Director of the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Family, Children and the Courts, at the Baltimore University School of Law. Another upcoming guest is Dr. Jessica Pryce, Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work at Florida State University and the Executive Director of The Florida Institute for Child Welfare. In the meantime, you can find our back catalog of episodes at parentalrightsfoundation.org/podcast, and our facebook page at facebook.com/eppicbroadcast. Thank you for listening to the EPPiC Broadcast. We truly appreciate your support. Once again, we will return on November 11th! Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
The Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) was passed in 1997 to keep children from languishing in foster care, but today this law gives state agencies a cash bonus for breaking up families. How did we get here, and what can we do to give families that encounter social services a fighting chance to stay together? This week, we talk again with Dr. Martin Guggenheim of the NYU School of Law. Marty tells us about how ASFA creates a ticking clock for families caught in the CPS system, and how he’s working to help reform this law. He also explains why it is usually in the best interest of children to reunite with their parents, rather than finding permanency in foster care. Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
This week, Jim talks again with Jerry Milner, former Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau in the US Department of Health and Human Services. Jerry now works with Family Integrity & Justice Works. Jerry explains why the Adoption and Safe Families Act, created in the 1980s, needs to be reformed to preserve families, rather than splitting them up unnecessarily.  He also tells us about the harms that the current mandatory reporting system causes, and what can be done to better protect children without removing them from their families. Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
In March 2020, we heard ominous warnings of ‘pandemic of child abuse’ accompanying the COVID-19 shut downs. Children went home, away from the watchful eyes of mandated reporters, and back to their families. But did cases of child abuse actually increase during the added stress of the pandemic? This week, Jim sits down with Anna Arons, a professor at the NYU School of Law. Anna has previously worked as a family defender at the Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem, representing parents in child welfare cases.Anna explains what actually happened in New York’s child protection agency during the pandemic and why the alarm about spiking child abuse during the pandemic has largely dissolved. Read more about Anna’s research in her recent law review article (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=38152170).Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
This week, Jim sits down with Florida State Rep. Erin Grall, sponsor and architect of the recently passed Florida Parents’ Bill of Rights. Erin tells us about the long road to this historic victory for Florida parents, and how grassroots involvement from local parents helped the bill gain traction. Plus, hear about how this bill can help parents and families in other states. Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
Florida parents are celebrating a historic victory - the successful passage of a Parents' Bill of Rights in their state.This week, Michael talks with Patti Sullivan, ParentalRights.org's Florida State Coordinator, and a long-time advocate for families and parental rights. Patti was deeply involved with the passage of this bill, and she explains how this bill was passed, how it will help families in Florida and across the nation, and the opposition the bill faced. Learn more about Patti’s work at these resources, mentioned on the program:ParentalRightsFL.org Parental Rights Florida Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/parentalrightsFL)Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
During her time as a family court judge, foster care rates in her city dropped to just 10% of the national average. How did she do it?This week, Michael talks with former judge Ernestine Gray, who served for 35 years in the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court in Louisiana. Judge Gray explains how she prioritized preserving families and parent-child relationships in her court, and how she helped parents find community resources and support, rather than immediately revoking their rights. Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
This week, Jim talks with Arkansas State Rep. Robin Lundstrum, architect of the historic Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act. Robin explains why it has become necessary to ban harmful puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and transgender surgeries for minors. Hear about how this bill was designed with input from policy experts, doctors, psychiatrists, and more. Robin explains how the transgender movement damages the traditional parent-child relationship and traditional parental rights, and tells us about her efforts to help pass similar protective legislation in other states. Plus, learn more about this issue with these resources, mentioned on the program:TREVoices (https://www.trevoices.com/)Family Policy Alliance (https://familypolicyalliance.com/)Family Research Council (https://www.frc.org/)Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
Note: this episode contains graphic medical descriptions that may not be appropriate for some listeners. Arkansas recently passed the historic Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act, designed to protect underage children from harmful transgender medical procedures. Why is this legislation important to protect your children? This week, Jim talks with Brandon Showalter, a reporter for the Christian Post who focuses on covering LGBTQA+ issues. Brandon explains how the transgender movement has recently risen to prominence and shares his research on how it harms our children and our parental rights. Hear about why the Arkansas SAFE Act and other bills like it are being passed in response. Plus, learn more about this issue with these resources, mentioned on the program:Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, by Abigail Shrier  (https://smile.amazon.com/Irreversible-Damage-Transgender-Seducing-Daughters/dp/1684512)Summary of When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment (https://smile.amazon.com/Summary-When-Harry-Became-Sally/dp/B091WJBKCB/)Trans Mission: What's the Rush to Reassign Gender? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUeqEoARKOA)Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
Radical gender ideology is infiltrating our schools - and putting our children at risk of permanent, serious harm. What can we do about it? This week, Emilie Kao joins Jim on the EPPiC Broadcast for a discussion on gender ideology, parental rights, and religious freedom. Emilie is a long time expert on religious freedom and civil liberties with the Heritage Foundation, now transitioning to a role with Alliance Defending Freedom.She explains how the transgender movement can seriously harm children’s minds and bodies, and how the Heritage Foundation and ADF are fighting back, including working to pass good legislation that would protect our children. Plus, hear about what you can do to help protect your own children and your parental rights today. Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
Parental rights and religious liberties are being increasingly threatened by radicalized school curricula. What can we do about it?This week, ParentalRights.org founder and Alliance Defending Freedom CEO Michael Farris returns to the EPPiC Broadcast. Michael explains why these new curricula are harmful to children and even unconstitutional, and what Alliance Defending Freedom is doing about it. Hear about ADF’s ongoing case representing Tanner Cross, the Virginia PE Teacher who was suspended for objecting to controversial new school policies. Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
How can we build a child welfare system that treats families with respect and justice? This week we talk with David Kelly, former Special Assistant at the Children’s Bureau in the US Department of Health and Human Services. David tells us about his work, and explains why our child welfare system needs a complete overhaul to truly support families, from providing better support and services to replacing laws like CAPTA and ASFA. Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
How has the pandemic affected education, including parental rights and homeschooling issues? This week we talk with Dr. Steven Duvall, Director of Research at the Home School Legal Defense Association, and former public-school psychologist and university professor. Dr. Duvall unpacks some shifting trends in the education world, including some recent data on the increase in homeschooling in the past year, and why that’s good news for the rights of all parents. Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
What is “Reasonable Childhood Independence,” and why is it so important? This week we talk again with Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids, and founder of the Let Grow movement. Lenore explains why it’s important for children to grow up with a healthy amount of freedom and responsibility. Plus, hear about some recent legislative wins in Texas and Oklahoma for childhood independence and parental rights!Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
As we celebrate legislative victories in Texas, Congress is set to re-authorize the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). How should this important legislation be reformed to better help parents and children? This week, we talk with Andrew Brown, a distinguished senior fellow of child and family policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Andrew has advocated for parents and families as an attorney, and he’s an expert on issues surrounding child and family policy.  Andrew tells us about the CAPTA reforms he’s championing and discusses those recent victories in his home state of Texas.Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
The Biden administration has recently proposed universal preschool for American families, but some experts are skeptical. What’s the case to be made against universal preschool? This week, Jim talks with psychologist and Boston College research professor of psychology Dr. Peter Gray, author of the recent Psychology Today article, The Case Against Universal Preschool. Peter explains how, over time, early child education has come to emphasize test scores and academics, rather than the play and organic learning that young children need to learn and grow. Hear about what young children need instead to truly thrive in preschool and kindergarten, and the choices that you as a parent have in your child’s education.Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
Guardians ad litem have great power over your family in a CPS case. But who are they? This week, we’re talking with Joanna Woolman about guardians ad litem [GAL’s], the people responsible for representing your child’s interests in court. Joanna is an associate professor of law at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and the executive director of the Institute to Transform Child Protection. GAL’s can be a big help to your family by representing what is best for your child, but a lot of them are simply unfamiliar with the parent’s side of the issue. Joanna explains the details of how a GAL functions in a CPS case, and what you need to know to protect your family. If you are a guardian ad litem, you want to use this power for good. Listen to this episode to broaden your perspective and better understand what that means for each unique situation you face.Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
When faced with a struggling family, bystanders can be quick to call CPS, not realizing that child protective agencies often aren't equipped to help families and rush to punish them instead. Vivek Sankaren is working to reform this broken system and provide families with helpful, high-quality legal care in the midst of CPS cases. Vivek is a clinical professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, where he heads a program to educate future lawyers. In this week’s episode, Jim and Vivek talk about the work Vivek is doing to help create a more supportive and humane child welfare system - a system that actually helps families instead of harming them. Thank you for listening! In our next episode, we will discuss the role and function of guardians ad litem with Professor Joanna Woolman.Support the show (http://parentalrightsfoundation.org/donate)
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WVsimpleman

if youre white, eemocrats will try takin your kids

Feb 3rd
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WVsimpleman

only today, parents would ever need a bill of rights. what a joke

Feb 3rd
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WVsimpleman

abolish the swamp the moment all this communist control on good folk started. Too late.

Feb 3rd
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WVsimpleman

The Creator of all Things

Dec 28th
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