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Parental Rights

Parents have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing and education of their children.

The U.S. Supreme Court echoed these sentiments as recently as 2000, when it declared that, “the liberty interest…of parents in the care, custody, and control of their children—is perhaps the oldest of the fundamental liberty interests recognized by [the] Court.”

In other words, the Constitution protects the rights of parents to raise and educate their children consistent with their beliefs and values. And they have the duty to oversee their children’s general health and well-being.

Unfortunately, that hasn’t stopped the alarming trend we are seeing from some government officials who are trying to downplay parental rights and the role of mothers and fathers in their children’s lives.

Alliance Defending Freedom is committed to standing up to government overreach and protecting parental rights in court.


What We're Doing About It

Alliance Defending Freedom and our allies are defending parental rights in crucial cases throughout America.

Doe v. Madison Metropolitan School District
Doe v. Madison Metropolitan School District

WILL, ADF attorneys represent 14 parents from eight Madison families

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In re: C.J.C.

Alliance Defending Freedom filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case affirming that the state cannot second-guess the rights of fit parents in child custody decisions.

Maday v. Township High School District 211
Maday v. Township High School District 211

Chicago-area families seek to defend student privacy from ACLU lawsuit

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