In a recent op-ed for the National Law Journal, Professor Cynthia Godsoe criticizes a new bill in Wisconsin that attempts to criminalize “nonmarital parenthood” as child abuse and neglect. She argues that it is not single parent families that create instances of abuse and neglect, but the nation’s rising poverty rates that make it difficult for parents who lack the resources to properly care for their children.
She explained, “Most parents, including single parents, are doing a good job. To suggest otherwise takes valuable resources away from addressing instances of real child maltreatment, such as domestic violence and substance abuse, and evades the responsibility that we should all feel for fighting child poverty.”
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