Family Rights Foundation

Family Rights Foundation believes that parents hold inalienable rights to raise their children in accordance with their personal beliefs, values, and customs. We believe that parents, along with their chosen doctors, educators, and spiritual advisors make the best decisions on behalf of their children. We stand against government overreach that serves to restrict or reduce the natural rights of parents.

Family Rights Foundation serves vulnerable populations, including, but not limited to, parents raising children impacted by disabilities, parents choosing alternate methods of medical care, parents homeschooling their children, and parents raising their children in accordance with their religious beliefs.

The primary purpose of Family Rights Foundation is to work in alliance with families, sister organizations, local and federal government agencies and legislators to address issues directly impacting American parents. Our goal is to ensure that the rights of parents are zealously advocated for, promoted, and protected through educational outreach, community partnerships, and legislation that serves the natural rights of parents raising children.

​​​We propose that ORS 419B.005 be amended to prohibit a parent or guardian from being charged with abusing or neglecting a child's need for medical care if the parent or guardian is following or willing to follow a lawful course of treatment from a licensed medical or mental health provider; prohibits mandatory reporters from filing a report of abuse or neglect based solely on the decision of a guardian or parents to follow the recommended treatment of the child by such a provider; gives the parent or guardian the right to follow a recommended course of treatment over a contrary recommendation if the decision does not involve immediate life-threatening conditions.
We propose that ORS 419B.192 be amended to prohibit the placement of a child into a relative placement that is inconsistent with the beliefs, values, or customs of the biological parent/s, as hostile and high-conflict family dynamics are expressly against the best interest of children within state foster care.

State law has supported a parents natural right to disallow children from holding relationships with non-nuclear family members. Policy and juvenile code assert that DHS should not utilize temporary custody to make long-term or permanent changes to a child while in temporary state custody. A parent that maintains parental rights should not be deprived of making protective decisions on behalf of their children. Parents continue to hold a legal interest in ensuring that their children are maintained as to their beliefs, values, and customs.
The rights of parents to the care, custody and nurture of their children is of such character that it cannot be denied without violating those fundamental principles of liberty and justice which lie at the base of all our civil and political institutions, and such right is a fundamental right protected by this amendment (first) and Amendments 5, 9, and 14. 

Doe v. Irwin 441 F Supp 1247; U.S. D.C. of Michigan, (1985)