Ada County

Photo courtesy of Justice Wayne Kidwell, Idaho Supreme Court, Retired

A Child's Bill of Rights

  1. I have the right to LOVE WHOM I CHOOSE: parents, stepparents, and relatives, without guilt, pressure, or rejection.
  2. I have the right NOT to be asked to CHOOSE which parent I want to live with. I also have the right to express a PREFERENCE if I have one.
  3. I have the right to BE WITH BOTH OF MY PARENTS, regardless of grown-up wants and wishes regarding convenience, money, or feelings.
  4. I have the right to CONSISTENCY and a dependable daily and weekly ROUTINE, one that is not filled with alternating patterns and disruptions.
  5. I have the right to be angry, sad, and fearful, and to EXPRESS MY FEELINGS.
  6. I have the right to LOVE BOTH OF MY PARENTS, since they are both a part of me, and to be reassured that this is ok.
  7. I have the right NOT to be asked to BLAME or to CHOOSE SIDES.
  8. I have the right to be a CHILD; I am a child. Don't ask me to act like an ADULT or to make adult decisions. It is not my responsibility to be a friend or comforter to either parent.
  9. I have the right to expect my parents to BE ADULT ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND that if I need to be with one of them it does not mean I love the other less.
  10. I have the right to HAVE MY SAY, BUT NOT MY WAY.
  11. I have the right NOT to be asked to serve as a MESSENGER between my parents.
  12. I have the right NOT to have to hear my parents ARGUE and FIGHT in front of me.
  13. I have the right NOT to have to hear my parents say BAD THINGS about each other or each other's friends and family.
  14. I have the right NOT TO HAVE TO TELL one parent what goes on in the other's home; don't GRILL ME.
  15. I have the right to TELL ANYONE if a parent harms me or places me at risk.
  16. I have the right NOT to be asked to keep SECRETS from one parent.
  17. I have the right NOT to be involved in CHILD SUPPORT and MONEY ISSUES.
  18. I HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE A KID!!!!!