In August of 2009 Theresa Allen contacted CPS to protect her grandchildren from the unsafe and illegal environment to which they had been exposed when visiting their mother’s home. When the caseworker missed the deadline for investigating the case, CPS workers took the law into their own hands and told Theresa, “You will never see your grandchildren again.”
On December 4, 2009, a CPS caseworker forced her way into Theresa Allen’s home and removed Theresa’s grandchildren, without accusation and without court order, in order to protect her position after missing the investigation deadline for Theresa’s case. Theresa called the CPS program director in a desperate attempt to discover what was going on. She was informed that “pulling rank” in CPS was not acceptable and that they were about to “show her what happens” when people cross CPS.
Theresa Allen waded into an 11-month financial nightmare as she fought to regain possession of her grandchildren from the rogue department. CPS battled fiercely to discredit Theresa and threatened that they would adopt her grandchildren out to strangers so that she would “never see them again.”
After nearly a year of litigation, and not even so much as an allegation of abuse against Theresa, CPS lost the case, and Theresa’s grandchildren were returned to her. THSC has since continued the battle by filing suit against the CPS workers, who not only lied to the court and illegally removed Theresa’s grandchildren from her home but are all still employed by CPS today.
The judicial branch is far from the only avenue through which our rights are under siege. It’s been said, “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” Every spring that the Texas Legislature meets is fraught with peril. This year has been no exception.
For the last 105 days the THSC has fought off attempts from the legislature to destroy not only the right to teach our children at home but also our fundamental right to direct the care, control, and upbringing of our children. Here are just a few bills that we’re fighting against.
- House Bill 1444 and Senate Bill 303 turn doctors into executioners. These bills allow doctors to place “do not resuscitate” orders into the medical files of sick children that no one but a panel of doctors could remove. Neither the child nor his or her parent can veto the death sentence. Sadly, a notable pro-life organization has made a political “pact with the devil” and supports the bill.
- House Bill 393 and Senate Bill 1148 allow intact families to lose their children simply because they home school. The bill will enable malicious, wealthy in-laws to take away children from normal, intact families.
One of the most notable aspects of human liberty is that it is one of the most widely sought for, desperately defended, and ultimately costly possessions in existence. THSC spends hundreds of thousands of dollars in defense of these liberties, and between now and Friday, May 17, THSC needs an additional $50,000 to continue to lobby this legislative session and to continue our legal battles in the courtroom to protect home schooling families and the rights of parents against government encroachment.
God has been faithful in providing resources so far, and we fully expect that He will provide what we need. Please join us in prayer for our work, our staff, and the necessary funds to continue the task that God has given us. As some have said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”