A mother from Austin, Texas, is making national headlines after blogging about how Child Protective Services (CPS) unexpectedly showed up at her home.
CBS News reports:
A Texas mom started a parenting debate this month, blogging about her six-year-old playing outside by himself.
...Kari Anne Roy knows all about the joys and challenges of raising a child. She has three of them. Her youngest — six-year-old Isaac — recently gained the privilege of playing outside alone for a few minutes.
Cases like this are becoming all too common:
- A South Carolina mother was recently arrested for letting her 9-year-old play at a park (that has an average of 40 kids playing at it per day) while she was at work.
- An Ohio father was charged with child endangerment after his 8-year-old son skipped church (unbeknownst to the father) and went to play instead.
- A Florida mom had to post a $4,000.00 bond after permitting her 7-year-old son to walk to the park.
When CPS arrived, Roy was not allowed to be in the room as the officials interviewed her children. She says they asked her kids questions like, “Have you taken drugs or alcohol?” “Have you seen movies of naked people?” and “Has anybody touched you?”
After going through the process, Roy said she felt CPS was wasting its resources on “frivolous calls” when there are plenty of serious cases it needs to handle. Roy also stated:
“...If you're a parent and you're not comfortable with your kid being outside without your eyes on them, totally cool, I'm not going to tell you you can't do that. Just please don't tell me what I can do with my child, and I think everyone can get along.”
Luckily for Roy and her family, the case has since been closed.