We often assume that people’s rights are a given fact. We think that our rights are protected at all times but this is not the case as this Dan Rather report shows. All to often our rights depend on whether or not we can afford to enforce them.
In this report I noticed that in many of the cases it came down to resources, the unwed mothers did not have them available. Sadly this is happening on a global scale, including here in North America. The parental rights of mothers are being ignored through forced adoptions.
As a mother I can’t imagine being forced or coerced into giving up my child. But these women have experienced exactly that. LegalShield can take care of one of the issues this report brings to light, the lack of resources. LegalShield provides you with affordable legal access. Perhaps in the case of these mothers an attorney could have prevented the situation through a simple contract or document review, or even have prevented some of the mothers from signing the paperwork when they were drugged or exhausted after labor.
Time to draw on my law enforcement experience again. This post is directed towards parents (and Grandparants etc). Do you have a missing child kit? All parents should have one tucked away and it’s not a bad idea for you to give one to any other relative that your child visits regularly.
A missing child kit will reduce your stress if your child ever goes missing. You will already have everything you need together in one place to take with you to the police department if you need to file a missing child alert. At the very least your missing child kit should include:
- A copy of your child’s birth certificate
- For infants you should have a footprint card, for older children a fingerprint card
- List of friends with their phone numbers
- A recent photo-less than 6 months old
- Physical Description of your child like Scars, Birthmarks etc
- Any additional personal information you think important including medical conditions.
Remember to keep the information updated! The more detailed information you have, the better!
All of this information will be used by the police to place a missing child alert. Missing children are placed in a nationwide computer system along with any additional information you can give them. This alert is usually known as an Amber Alert. The sooner the Amber Alert is placed in the system the sooner law enforcement agencies will be notified to look for your child.
If you don’t have a fingerprint card on your child, call your local police department. In most cases they will gladly fingerprint your child.
The family computer poses a risk not just to you, but to your kids too. Identity theft, scams and God forbid, pedophiles are all risks that our children face every time they log on to a computer so it is important that we teach our kids online safety.
The Federal Trade Commission has been on the front lines of this fight with the Online-Onguard program for years now but it really wasn’t targeted toward kids safety. There is a new program that the FTC has implemented in conjunction with Online-Onguard called NetCetera which focuses on educating our kids on online safety.
NetCetera is targeted toward adults to help them talk to the kids around them about Privacy, etiquette and safety in an online world, not just computers but Cellphones. It gives tips on explaining to kids what the risks are, how to identify them, how to avoid them and steps for kids to take when they think that they may be subjected to them.
Some of the topics covered:
is available in a 56 page book including a glossary of internet terms and a listing of Resources to help parents teach kids about online safety. If you are a parent or educator this is a must have tool in teaching our kids how to stay safe. You can order NetCetera materials for free from the Federal Trade Commission.
But risks to our children are the same as risks to ourselves. We can teach them to lower their risk but the risk never goes away.
Remember back in the day when you were a kid? We all did silly things on the playground and they were mostly harmless. It seems that harmless kiddie antics now warrant the calling of police.
Yes a school in Florida called the police because a couple of 12 year olds snuck a kiss on the playground. What the police? Okay I guess I should say the school started out with the Department of Children and Families that for once actually displayed a bit of common sense. By not responding to the report but then DCF passed the buck telling the school to call the police.
I think back to my days in Elementary school. Boys and girls displayed their interest in all sorts of silly ways. Yes there was kiss stealing, accusations of being infested with cooties, throwing balls at each other and even name calling. But none of it was considered a basis for calling in the police. I think most of my teachers and principals would have been embarrassed at the thought. They were of the opinion that if you are going to work with kids you needed the skills to deal with them. If you didn’t have those skills then you needed to find a different career.
The thing that gets me here is that this situation could have gone in a completely different direction with a different officer responding. In this case the officer correctly saw it for what it was innocent childhood hijinks.
But schools seem to be calling police more and more often to handle what should be the job of school administrators and teachers. Police respond and question children, arrest children and detain children on school property without the knowledge of parents. It’s to the point that your child needs an attorney as much as if not more than the parents do.
LegalShield members don’t have to worry about this issue. They know that their children have legal representation through that membership. A LegalShield family membership covers not only the parents but the children also, including 24 hour emergency access.