"The denial or revocation of a parenting license
would be expected to be a painful experience,
particularly for mothers.
The overall importance of protecting innocent children
from incompetent parenting justifies the inconvenience
to a few parents and the inevitable imperfections
of a licensing system."
Licensing Parents: Can We Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect? (New York and London: Plenum Press, 1994), p. 243.
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