Child Advocate’s report: Moira O’Neill challenging the state
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The state’s new child advocate officer has issued her first report. She concludes that the state (including family courts) errs too much on the side of parental rights, to the detriment of the children. Her concern should be carefully considered. A word of caution, however.
We have seen the pendulum swing too far in regard to this important issue. The state has let children stay in harm’s way with abusive parents. The state has then changed its laws and stance, and some state players overreact and punish parents (and ultimately their children) simply for being too strict.