Founder and Legal Director Diane Redleaf presented “When Can Parents Let Children Be Alone?” at TEDxUChicago 2017 in May. Diane discusses the cases of The Family Defense Center’s client Natasha Felix, a mother who let her children play in the park next door, and the Meitivs, a family who gained national attention after allowing their children to walk home from the park. These cases illustrate the flaws in existing child welfare laws that lead to misplaced charges of child neglect and a fear to let kids play alone.
While discussing these flawed policies, Diane asks, “Does this policy distinguish between Natasha, the Meitivs, and a truly neglectful [parent]? If it doesn’t, it’s a bad policy.”
Watch Diane’s TEDx Talk below to learn how we can move forward to let kids play!
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