PARENTS ARE THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE GOD GIVEN AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO MAKE CHOICES FOR THEIR MINOR CHILDREN. The EXCEPTION is to protect children from abuse, physical, mental, and emotional, from whatever its source.
THE SWEETEST NATURAL RESOURCE AVAILABLE TO HUMANKIND IS OUR CHILDREN. LAUGHTER. ENERGY. CURIOSITY.
OUR CHILDREN WILL LIGHT THE LAMPS FOR TOMORROW'S DAWN.
I have worked for non-profit NGOs,and residential 501 (c) (3)s in Michigan, Illinois, Hawaii, Oregon, and Idaho to protect children and adults not able to protect themselves.
I have found abuses from WITHIN these organizations, whether as an employee, or as an active participant as a citizen. I have testified in court in the above states, including Idaho.
As a teacher, there is mandatory reporting. As a paramedic, same thing.I have reported abuses ONLY after determining there is a factual basis: my observation, the child comes forth and asks for help, (children are vulnerable to threats, coercion, being given bribes, by the abuser, fear, and misguided wanting to protect their abuser, especially if a family member, and even worse, children who have been abused since infancy, AS IT FEELS NORMAL to them.
They also need to be protected by well-meaning, but untrained “reporters” who have ruined families AND the supposed abused children, wreaking everyone’s lives through the hellish and nightmarish process, EVEN WHEN THERE HAS BEEN NO ABUSE.