‘Free-range parenting’ is not a concept with which local authorities apparently agree. Police and Child Protective Services (CPS) received phone calls that Rafi, 10, and Dvora, 6, were walking home from neighborhood playgrounds unaccompanied by an adult, and they swooped in to question the children and their parents.
Their father, Sasha Meitiv, was horrified. “[W]hen they were talking to them, they were painting a picture of a world that is very scary. They were asking my son Rafi what he would do if he was grabbed by a stranger. Telling them, you know there are creeps out there that are just waiting to grab children if they’re walking by themselves,” the children’s father told WUSA 9.