The BizParentz Foundation is a non-profit corporation providing education, advocacy, and charitable support to parents and children engaged in the entertainment industry. The organization promotes a positive public image regarding child performers and educates the public regarding the safety and rights of child performers including child labor laws and regulations.
BizParentz is a collaborative effort of parents, government, and industry organizations. Parent members actively help others by bringing legislative issues to the forefront, researching industry solutions, writing educational articles, and planning special events. Industry organizations provide the Foundation with a variety of resources including facilities and services. BizParentz would like to thank all of those for their generous contributions to the Foundation!
NEW July 1, 2013 - California Child Performer's Protection Act
This law has a profound effect on many of the individuals our children deal with every day.
We (parents) are on our own with efforts to educate both the service providers and other families. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be willing to take on some specific volunteer duties related to this educational effort.
Despite all of the serious and factual information we have provided on this website, please know that we have a great sense of humor, too! Our thanks to Liz Briggs for her creation of the photo and caption compliation below.
Getting Your Kid in the Biz? Check Out BizParentz on the NBC Today Show! Anne Henry was live on the Today Show discussing with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda about How to Break Into Showbiz. See the full clip below.
Kelly Crisp is the unsung hero of the battle for reasonable and workable rules.
Child Actor Safety
As parents and employers of child actors, we need to be especially concerned about the safety of showbiz kids.
It may be a surprise to some, but predators are rampant in our industry.Some are out to make money from exploiting kids’ images, others are servicing a clientele that are interested in darker things—pedophilia and child molestation.The danger is a lot closer than you think…in the last few years we have seen arrests of managers, photographers, publicists, directors and production assistants.
When BizParentz was founded, our goal was to provide an up to date resource for parents about the industry, including laws, guidelines and 'how-to's". Our vision was to help families avoid making the same mistakes we did, and help them shorten their learning curve.We wanted to give good, honest, unaffected-by-money information. Since then, we have come to realize that there is a much greater need for the sharing of information than we ever imagined, and it has to do with safety. While we still believe strongly that a young performer'scareer can be incredibly positive, we have to put emphasis on a “negative” that many people aren't aware of, and won't discuss. Our intent is not to scare you.But please know that there is an element of risk when you enter this industry.You CAN control almost all of the risk, and you CAN keep your child safe.And if you start at the beginning of your child’s journey, it will be much easier!
Please take the time to read all the articles in this section for a full spectrum of information.
Articles on our site dealing with pedophiles in our industry