Protecting Children

Well, I just finished tapingthe first episode of The Zigory Show, my internet radio program (podcast). It was an emotional experience, and a rewarding one. I thank Prodos so much for giving me and others the opportunity to take a crack at broadcasting.

The program should be available in a day or two at Ihighly recommend it. It’s an intense conversation. The subject matter is of interest to all sorts of people, even if they aren’t knowledgeableaboutCapitalism or Ayn Rand,so if you find it compelling please email all your friends to give it a listen. Here’s my official capsule summary of the podcast:

Protecting Children

On this episode of The Zigory Show, Greg Zeigerson interviews Kip Liles, a former foster parent to over 200 children. She became anactivist inthe cause of protecting children from harm after one of her foster children was returned to the custody of his mother and stepfather only to be murdered by them.

We explore the role of the police force, the courts, current laws and statutes, and foster parents, in protecting children or failing to do so.Whydo some courts makejudgments thatare not in the best interests of the child? Why are so many abused children returned toharm’s way? For background on the discussion, see the column, “The Death of Bradley McGee” by Michelle Malkin, available here:

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5 thoughts on “Protecting Children

  1. Kip Liles

    Greg, I would just like to thank you for inviting me to be on your program, and share the tragic story of our precious Bradley (Braddie) McGee and the plight of thousands of other abused and/or neglected children in our midst. Child abuse is something that every person is affected by in some way. We must all do whatever we can to demand changes in our laws so that the “Best Interest of the Child” is the #1 priority, and ONLY concern – forget about the “rights of the parents.” They should have forfeited those “rights” when they abused their child!!

    If any person desires to learn more about our little angel, Braddie, and our lost fight to protect his half-brother Billy from Braddie’s abuser, they may visit Braddie’s website at:

    There are also pictures of little Braddie on his website. Again, thanks so much for caring about our innocent, helpless children.

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  2. Jim

    Excellent interview.

    It really points out a fundamental issue in that there is a proper government function, protecting the objective rights of a child as an individual, which the government fails to administer effectively. I appreciate that this interview attempted to explore the ideas behind this systematic failure.

    From other sources, I understand that not only does the current system fail to protect the child in danger, but in other cases the system harms children by intervening when it is not appropriate.

    While I hope there are many success stories that go unreported, the reported instances of maladministration illustrate a system that can’t do its function correctly.

    I appreciate Kip Liles sharing her experience and relevant facts related to this problem.

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  3. zigory

    Thanks, Jim, for your comments. As paradoxical as it seems, you may be right that in some cases the “Child Protective Services” Department wrongly intervenes when there is no actual abuse, causing harm in that way, where in other cases (far more commonly in my opinion) they fail to act in time or fail to protect the child from an actually abusive parent. (Hopefully there are some success stories too.) Objective observation of evidence by well-trained case workers, rather than civil service bureaucrats, is one of the main things needed, and “the best interests of (or the rights of) the child” should be the standard. I think a police-detective style department should be the model rather than a “social services”-style department.

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  4. Elizabeth

    I finally had a chance to listen to your interview. There’s so much to fit in to such an interview about a tragic situation and I think you did a nice job!

    As for social workers, as Kip points out, unfortunately some of the individuals responsible for monitoring abused children simply don’t do their job. I don’t know if they’re overwhelmed with caseloads or inept, or both. But that’s just part of the problem.
    The problem begins with not holding criminals accountable for their crimes, overcrowded prisons doesn’t sound reasonable either. Is there that much of an overcrowding problem that violent criminals are released like this mother turned murderer?!

    What a terrible tragedy for the little boy who was murdered and for his baby brother who is in the custody of his mother.

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