Park trip leads to inquest by CPS

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…

Two children walked home from a nearby park, and now their parents are being investigated by Child Protective Services.


According to the Washington Post, a ten-year-old boy and his six-year-old sister were cornered by police while making the one-mile walk from a neighborhood park to their home. Even after ascertaining the children were in no danger and entirely capable of walking the remaining half-mile on their own, police forced the children into their squad car and drove them home, where the cops then confronted their parents, Danielle and Alexander Meitiv.

The Meitivs, two highly educated, loving and concerned parents, saw the walk as an opportunity for their children to experience the joy of independence. The Powers That Be are calling it “neglect.”

Danielle Meitivs told the Post her children have previously paired up for walks around the block, to a nearby convenience store and to the library, which is about three-quarters of a mile away from their home. The park, a mere mile trip, was the next logical progression. “They have proven they are responsible,” Danielle told the Post. “They’ve developed these skills.”

The Meitivs intentionally encourage their children to progressively test their limits, make choices and explore their ever-expanding world. “The world is actually safer than when I was a child, and I just want to give them the same freedom and independence that I had,” Danielle said.

A couple hours after the police dropped the kids off at home, a CPS caseworker showed up and threatened to remove the children from their home.



To avoid losing his children, Alexander Meitiv was forced to sign a legal document pledging not to leave his children unsupervised until the next Monday, when CPS would follow up.


Essentially, this father, who is successfully instilling self-reliance in his children, was forced to helicopter parent for several days or avoid losing them for good.


The situation went downhill from there…

According to the Post, after Christmas the Ghost of CPS Present once again visited the family. They told Danielle they “needed” to inspect the Meitiv’s home. Thankfully, she refused. Later, she learned that her children’s principle had “interviewed” the kids without her knowledge or consent. Still, CPS will not relent. The family has to meet with agents at CPS offices next week or risk further reprisal.

Parents, let me ask you…who, exactly is this sort of behavior protecting? Worse, what lessons is it really teaching our kids? Instead of helpful community protectors, these children are being taught, by experience, to view police officers as interfering bullies and government officials as frantic, accusatory harpies.

All because their parents chose to be responsible.





I'm a storyteller. Fortunately, that is also what I get paid to do. Born on a boat and bred on the back of a horse I tend to see the world a bit differently ... and I sway when I walk.

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