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Kids of Free-Range Parents Placed in Protective Custody Temporarily

The Short of It

A few weeks ago, we reported that so-called "Free-Range Parents" Danielle and Alexander Meitiv of Maryland were found guilty of unsubstantiated child neglect for allowing their kids, Rafi, 10, and Dvora, 6, to walk home from a park about a mile from their house last December. Following the decision, Montgomery County Child Protective Services said they would have to investigate any further activity that seemed unsafe. Sadly, that day arrived for the Meitivs Sunday, and their children ended up in protective custody.

The Lowdown

The Meitiv kids were picked up by Child Protective Services after a "stranger" saw them alone in a park and called police. They spent over five hours in custody with no food or communication with their parents until late Sunday night. The Meitivs weren't told where their children were for two hours, according to The Washington Post.

"We have been searching for the kids for hours," the concerned mom wrote on Facebook when Rafi and Dvora failed to return home at the appointed time.

The parents soon learned the kids were being held by CPS—again.

The Upshot

At this time, no charges have been filed against the Meitivs for their latest decision to allow their kids to play unsupervised at the park. On one hand, I admire their commitment. But at some point, you start to wonder what impact this is having on the kids.

Danielle Meitiv told ABC News that CPS has pushed its mandate too far by making the parents sign a safety plan that says they will not leave the children unattended at all until they can be further evaluated by the agency, but she's "not going to risk my kids being snatched again like this by CPS."

Do you think CPS is going too far or is doing the right thing?

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