Family Responsibility and Accountability

Adopted March 1989 – Reviewed and deemed relevant April 2017 – Family Engagement Commission

California State PTA believes all children and youth are entitled to equal privileges, equal justice, and equal opportunities. In order for children to develop into mature, productive adult citizens, PTA believes they need:

  • Stability in their family settings;
  • Physical and emotional support conducive to healthy growth and development;
  • Financial support to meet basic needs and, to the extent possible within the family’s means, to enrich the child’s development.

California State PTA believes the family is the basic unit in our society responsible for the support and nurturing of children. PTA further believes that both parents/guardians, whether living together or apart, have joint responsibility to support and educate their children, and to promote optimal development of each child. This means:

  • Support of children until age 18;
  • Support of children (until age 22) who are unmarried or otherwise unemancipated and who are students in good standing, attending high school or an accredited institution for higher learning or vocational training.

PTA supports programs that hold parents/guardians accountable for meeting these responsibilities.

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