Maryland Free Range Parents

Maryland Free Range Parents Continue Debate

Maryland Free Range Parents Continue Debate

Maryland Free Range Parents

Maryland free range parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have decided to launch a suit. They will take to court both Montgomery County and Child Protection Services (CPS) for their role in the recent decision by local police to pick up and hold their children for walking home from a park unaccompanied by an adult. The question Maryland free range parents are posing to court is a fundamental one for all parents. Who makes decisions about their children, the state or their parents?

Maryland Free Range Parents Constitutional Rights

At the heart of the argument, now moving into the courts is the constitutional rights of the parents to raise their children. Lawyer Matthew Dowd, who has made this his pro bono case, has stated, “We must ask ourselves how we reached the point where a parent’s biggest fear is that government officials will literally seize our children off the streets as they walk in our neighborhoods. The Meitivs intend to fully vindicate their rights as parents and their children’s rights, and to prevent this from happening to their children again.” In fact, a prior case regarding a parent’s rights over their children has stated, “the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right of parents to make decisions concerning the care, custody, and control of their children.”

Neighbors Support Meitiv

The local park where the Meitiv children generally play has been the background to a small but vocal group who support the Meitiv’s fight. They are determined to see the family is recognized for their battle over their rights as parents. Many are incensed that police held the children at all, or that CPS were brought into the situation. The lawsuit is just one more step in this ongoing story of just how far free range parenting can go.

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