Is Free-Range Parenting a Crime?It only takes about 50 steps to get from Monica and Devon Jones’ Stapleton house to the pocket park across the street—maybe 100 if you’re a pint-size person. In fact, when the Joneses bought their house in 2014, they picked it in part because of its proximity to the green space: They could see the playground from the front porch. On August 21, 2017, Monica Jones stood on that porch and watched her four-and-a-half-year-old daughter confidently take those 100 steps to cross the street and join her friends at the playground. It was the day of the solar eclipse, and a number of neighborhood kids and adults had gathered there; Monica’s daughter had asked to play with them. Monica knew some of the parents in the park, and the Joneses had been working with their daughter for months on crossing the street, so Monica felt comfortable letting her child go on her own while she watched. “We wanted to give her a little taste of freedom and independence,” she says. The Joneses’ daughter made the trip unscathed and spent the next couple of hours going between her house and her friends, with her mom watching from the porch and through the windows. A couple of weeks later, there was a knock on the Joneses’ door. Someone who had seen the little girl playing unsupervised had called the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) hotline to report the incident, and now two caseworkers were standing on the Joneses’ porch. They introduced themselves and asked to come in. Monica wasn’t home, but Devon invited the caseworkers into the kitchen, where they delivered some shocking news: They were there to investigate an allegation of neglect.
Is Free-Range Parenting a Crime?
The only people who need investigating and evaluating most of the time are the DSS workers who abuse their "authority" and THEN get permission from their supervisors or superiors. Most of what they people do is more against the children than for the children. It's a chronic, common problem all across the USA. If I didn't know better, I'd swear the DSS offices around the entire USA are in cahoots with the human traffickers and the sex traffickers and the porn industry and the illegal "give-away" of other people's children. It's thoroughly disgusting, but no one seems to be checking up on this situation.
I think a letter to ALL senators and CONgresspeople is in order. I'm going to do it, are you?