How many lives have been destroyed because of 'privacy '? Passed a bit more than thirty years ago, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act was created in 1974 to supposedly protect young people of their rights. Originally, it was designed to provide students the right to see their university records. This were sometimes kept from them by administrators. However, it also banned colleges from releasing information about the students without permission, often leaving parents in the dark, too. Ironically, often it has destroyed not only their lives, but likewise the lives of their families.
A child isn't considered emancipated, when living with an adult friend or relative that doesn't have legal custody and preservation of the minor. The parents have given their permission to live away from their home, providing the health and security of the minor isn't endangered. Also, during this time, parents are held accountable for their child's welfare, and truancy from school. A minor moves away from their house of their parents or guardian, can be picked up by government as a runaway. The child can be placed into Children and Youth Services and declared dependent by a court. Parents are stated by the court unable to control their minor under this situation.
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Certain criteria's must be approved before approval of emancipation. This includes: Minor age at least sixteen years old, Arizona resident, financially self-sufficient, acknowledge in writing responsibilities, obligations and rights being emancipated, and not a ward of the judge or in state's custody. The Superior Court branch will have jurisdiction over emancipation issues. In the court of the Probate, the state of Massachusetts, and Family Court of the county, resolve issues of emancipation. Also, in the same state a minor doesn't need to be legally emancipated from his or her parents to obtain public assistance. In the state of Maryland, a pregnant female over the age is sixteen, is considered emancipated to make the decision to receive antenatal care or an abortion. The abortion would be granted only if the doctor confirms the minor doesn't live with a relative or if the efforts to inform the parents have failed. In the state of Michigan, minors can seek information regarding emancipation at Michigan's Calhoun County Courts homepage. In the state of Illinois, minors at least sixteen years old but under eighteen years old, may petition a court for emancipation. The court may enter a 'partial' emancipation. This limits the emancipated child's rights to come into certain legal contracts. Also, the court may terminate or modify it's ruling, anytime before the minor attained the age of eighteen. In the state of Florida, the Supreme Court recognizes Unified Family court, as the most effective way to handle cases involving children and families, including cases of minor emancipation.
Why is it that a parent can foot the bill for their child's education, yet not enjoy access to their grades? Even worse isn't knowing when their child has either flunked out or been kicked out of school. Even more tragic, some parents aren't being informed their child is depressed, and in some extreme cases, attempted suicide.
I'm not just reporting about other parents. I've walked in the place of such a parent myself and know the grief of what the Privacy Act has done.
Then there's the question of privacy and abortion rights. Why is that your daughter cannot get her ears pierced or be given an aspirin without your parental consent, yet she can have an abortion? It seems as if our lawmakers are more concerned about the impact of a couple of aspirin or ear-piercings than a life-long decision affecting not only unborn grandchildren, but also the emotional, physical and spiritual health of adolescent girls.
What's more, teens, by 16 years of age can make other devastating and life-changing choices, without parental consent. They can drop out of school, refuse lifesaving medical treatment, besides getting pregnant and having a baby.
Thus, it seems clear that the Privacy Act has done more harm than good to both young people, as well as their parents. Unless we wake up and realize how 'privacy' is destroying families, we'll continue to see our young people destroy their lives, without obtaining the assistance and emotional support they need in a crisis.