The mission of Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty is to end child abuse or neglect related to religion, cultural practices, or quackery through public education, research, legal action, and a limited amount of lobbying.


  • Laws requiring medical care of children, including preventive and diagnostic measures, without exception for religious belief
  • Reporting of child abuse and neglect without religious exemption
  • Licensing of child care facilities including those run by churches
  • Ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child


  • Publishing a newsletter
  • Filing lawsuits and amicus briefs
  • Supporting laws that protect children against medical neglect
  • Providing emotional support for victims of religion-based medical neglect
  • Providing speakers
  • Collecting and disseminating information about court cases and state and federal laws


CHILD will send a complimentary copy of our newsletter and flyer upon request.


We welcome your comments. We also appreciate your sharing with us information about cases of child neglect or abuse related to rigid belief systems.

CHILD, Inc. – 136 Blue Heron Place, Lexington, KY 40511 – 859-255-2200 – 208-985-0414 cell admin@childrenshealthcare.org

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President and Board Members



  • Jetta Bernier
    Executive Director
    Massachusetts Citizens for Children
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Paul A. Offit, M.D.
    Director Vaccine Education Center
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • Seth Asser, M.D., F.A.A.P.
    San Diego, California


  • Barton Adrian, M.D., F.A.A.P.
    Ketchum, Idaho
  • Randell Alexander, M.D., Ph.D.
    Professor and Chief
    Div. of Child Protection & Forensic Pediatrics
    University of Florida
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Bette L. Bottoms, Ph.D.
    Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs
    Dean of the Honors College
    Professor of Psychology
    Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Ford Cauffiel, Ohio Commodore
    CEO, American Steel Products Co.
    Toledo, Ohio
  • Lucy S. Crain, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.
    San Francisco, California
  • James G. Dwyer
    Arthur B. Hanson Professor of Law
    William & Mary School of Law
    College of William and Mary
    Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Hon. Charles Gill
    Judge, Superior Court
    Connecticut Judicial Branch
    Litchfield, Connecticut
  • Frank Harvey, Deputy District Atty.
    Ninth District Tennessee (retired)
    Kingston, Tennessee
  • Janet Heimlich
    Executive Director
    Child-Friendly Faith Project
    Austin, Texas
  • Barbara Knox, M.D.
    Medical Director
    Univ. of Wisconsin Child Protection Program
    Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
    American Family Children’s Hospital
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Deborah Lowen, M.D.
    Center for Child Protection
    Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Michael Morey
    Attorney (Retired)
    Lake Oswego, Oregon
  • Stanley Plotkin, M.D., F.A.A.P.
    Professor Emeritus
    Univ. of Pennsylvania
    Doylestown, Pennsylvania

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