State Eats Some Crow Out On the Free Range … of Parenting

I previously posted in Husband and Wife Against the World, or the State of Maryland Anyway about a family that favored raising their children with so-called “free range parenting” … and butted heads with child protective services and law enforcement because of that.

Child protective services’ actions regarding this family drew global interest and ire and sparked a lot of discussion.

Ultimately, all the investigations of Husband and Wife were closed without further action for lack of any evidence of child neglect.

But, perhaps feeling some heat for its actions, the state of Maryland has issued a statement reassuring the public that it would not intervene in families’ affairs unless children were actually harmed or were at “substantial risk of harm”.

Read more in this Washington Post article by way of AP: After ‘free-range’ case, Maryland clarifies solo-kids policy