California Supreme Court: State Can Take Child from Fit, ‘No-Fault’ Parent

July 27, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

In a much-discussed opinion, the Supreme Court of California has vastly extended the state’s power over children while diminishing parental rights, perhaps unconsitutionally. The case is called In re R.T.

In it, the mother, Lisa E., was faced with a frankly incorrigible teenaged daughter. The girl started running away from home at age 14, became pregnant at 15 and now, at age 17, is pregnant again. Her first child is a ward of the state. Lisa has made every effort within her power to control R.T., including sending her to live with Lisa’s parents, all to no avail. That’s true despite the fact that Lisa’s father has a history of working with troubled youth.

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