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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.

B.F. v. Kettle Moraine School District
B.F. v. Kettle Moraine School District

Wisconsin parents sue school district for shutting them out of children’s name, pronoun changes.

(Photo: Loudoun County High School history teacher Monica Gill [left] and Smart’s Mill Middle School English teacher Kim Wright [right].  Credit: Alliance Defending Freedom)
Cross v. Loudoun County School Board

ADF challenges a policy that forces teachers to violate their beliefs about biological sex.

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

WILL and ADF attorneys challenge a school district policy instructing employees to lie to parents.

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Find out More About Parental Rights

Loudoun County Tanner Cross Settlement
Court Upholds Tanner Cross’ Free Speech Rights

A settlement has been reached with Loudoun County School District that permanently prohibits school officials from retaliating against Tanner for exercising his free speech rights.

Illinois abortion law
Illinois Legislature Votes to Let Minors Access Abortion Without Parental Notice

Beginning next summer in Illinois, minors will be able to undergo an abortion without parental involvement.

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Senators Push Back on Use of Federal Law Enforcement to Investigate Concerned Parents

30 senators have introduced a resolution supporting the right of parents to be the leading voice in the education of their children.