FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2014
Contact: Jeremy Newman
The Texas Home School Coalition has called on CPS to investigate the caseworker involved in an ongoing court case, based out of Dallas County, in which a home school mother’s children were removed from her home, in spite of the absence of evidence presented against her.
After initially stating that the condition of the Tutts’ home gave no reason for concern, the caseworker later returned to the home and requested documentation on parenting classes and physiological evaluations, which Mrs. Tutt provided. Mrs. Tutt’s children were later removed, without accusation against Mrs. Tutt’s ability to parent.
In the hearing that followed, the caseworker testified that she knew that Mrs. Tutt had thought she was in compliance with CPS requirements and that she did nothing to inform Mrs. Tutt otherwise.
In spite of the statutory requirement that there be imminent danger to children before removal from a home, the caseworker testified that she knew there were no grounds for removal of the children and that she had requested the removal in order to pacify the first judge, Judge Graciela Olvera.
In the second hearing, before Judge Tena Callahan, Judge Callahan acknowledged that nothing had taken place that warranted the removal of the children from the Tutts’ home.
The Texas Home School Coalition has been in contact with the governor’s office, as well as with members of the Health and Human Services Committee in the Texas House and Texas Senate, requesting an investigation into this CPS caseworker.
For more information about this issue, please contact Jeremy Newman by phone at 205-378-8214 or by email at Jeremy@THSC.org.