There is nothing at this next link about homeschooling, but it caught my eye in the search resultsÂ while I was looking for informative links about subsidiarity (see previous post).
- Task Force Roundtable, William and Mary School of Law, September/October 2005, Reforming Parentage LawÂ (printer-friendly page, so there’s aÂ pop-up)Â Â Â Â
Two-day conference at Law School on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 will tackle the issue of reforming parentage laws. Scholars from across the country will tackle the issue of reforming parentage laws during a two-day conference at William & Mary Law School.
The conference, Task Force Roundtable: Reforming Parentage Law, is sponsored by the Law Schoolâ€™s Institute of Bill of Rights Law. The goal of the conference is to bring together professionals â€“ both legal and therapeutic, as well as volunteers in the field of family law â€“ to consider some proposed changes to current parentage laws.
A blogger whose friendÂ had a brochure forÂ the roundtableÂ reprinted this description:
- Mirror of Justice, 8 September 2005, Assigning newborn children to parentsÂ Â Â Â
“What would be an ideal set of rules for assigning newborn children to parents?Â Participants in this conference will propose and defend statutory rules for state formation of legal parent-child relationships that they believe would serve the children’s welfare better than exisitng rules for maternity and paternity, bringing to bear on this issue social science research on the consequences for children of particular characteristics and circumstances.”
An article in “the spring” was to have been published, but it doesn’t seem to be online, except in a listÂ (alphabetical, near the bottom).Â Â Related William & Mary law school abstracts that areÂ provided online are:
- Which Ties Bind? Redefining the Parent-Child Relationship in an Age of Genetic Certainty
- Parental Autonomy and Children’s WelfareÂ
- Existing Rights of Children with Respect to State Decisions about their Relationships
- The Rights and Duties of ChildrearingÂ (pardon my surprised look, but I find I’ve just been reduced to theÂ status of “zygote-producer,” which is quite a come down from “Mom”)
A discussion of this topicÂ took place at the FamilyScholars.org blog with one commenter recommending a search for “Elizabeth Bartholet,” the author of Nobody’s Children, and Family Bonds: Adoption, Infertility, and the New World of Child Production.Â There was alsoÂ a mention in the commentsÂ of a summationÂ of the conference by a Professor Brad Wilcox, butÂ his contribution on the topicÂ wasn’t ‘findable,’ either at the site or with a general search.
I can’t tell from the lack of subsequent online commotion whether the subject was dropped, or if all concernedÂ consider assigning newborns to parents is some kind of ‘next step.’Â Is it significant that a book, The Relationship Rights of Children, was written by a “Professor of Law at the William & Mary School of Law?”
How’s an everyday person supposed to keep up with all this?