Do We Really Need a Children’s Bill of Rights in America?

May we gently suggest that Somalia and Sudan probably NEED more oversight of their child policies? The United States of America does not. In America, we have reams of laws, rules, and regulations to protect children. We have laws to ensure children have health insurance and are fed. We have a massive child abuse bureaucracy tasked with investigating harm to children. The system is already overloaded with clients and paperwork. Why would we add yet another layer of bureaucracy to this system?

The UN CRC talks in platitudes about how children have the right to a safe and healthy environment, the right to remain with a parent, the right to a safe learning environment, and the right to be free from bullying.

Don’t we already have these very values ingrained in our social fabric as well as legislated in our social services industry?

A troubling aspect of the UN CRC Bill of Rights is the wording: “The right to remain with a parent, legal guardian or caregiver except when authorities determine separation is in the best interest of the child.”

A cursory reading of this language has many worried about the over-involvement of the government in our private lives. With the way culture is changing, could some bureaucrat determine it’s in the best interest of a particular child to:

  • Prohibit homeschooling
  • Punish parents who don’t immunize
  • Punish parents who teach their children there is only one way to heaven?

The UN CRC would create another layer of government to monitor the nation’s compliance. We can’t afford it. There is no need for it.

Leave the UN CRC to the nations practicing child trafficking and worse.

They may need it, but we don’t.