Parents possess natural rights that serve the best interests of children while insulating the family from state intrusion. States should limit intervention in the family and protect the fundamental rights of parents.
- Parents possess natural rights to direct the upbringing of their children.
- The state should only intervene in the parent-child relationship when serious physical or emotional harm to the child is imminent and the intervention is likely to be less detrimental than the status quo.
- State best interest statutes should defer to parents by presuming that parents act in their children’s best interests.
- Parents possess a fundamental liberty interest in the care, supervision, upbringing, and education of their children, which should be protected against claims of the state and others.