Tutt Family

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On November 21, 2013, seven children from a home school family in Duncanville were forcibly removed from their home, in spite of no evidence of abuse or neglect, by order of Judge Graciela Olvera of the 256th District Court of Dallas County.

During the Dec. 16 hearing, witnesses report the court quickly devolved into a relentless attack on the family’s religious beliefs, community service, and right to home school their children. CPS attorneys berated the mother, Mrs. Tutt, for not using a “state-certified home school curriculum,” despite the fact there is no such thing in Texas. The guardian ad litem denigrated her for not submitting documentation of her home schooling to the state on a regular basis, including state-mandated tests. This, of course, is not only not required, but there is no way for someone to do so in Texas.

Judge Olvera issued her ruling: The Tutts’ children would not be returned to them but would be kept in foster care. No abuse, no neglect—nothing but a rogue judge who decided to place her view of what was best for these children regarding home education above the law. The Tutts have an appeal hearing before a new judge scheduled for January 7, 2014.

The guardian ad litem has met with the Tutts in their home with their attorney and has acknowledged she has no concerns about the children’s safety, the parents’ parenting ability, the ministry in which the family is involved, or how many children they have in their home, but she will not recommend to the court that the children be returned unless the Tutts agree to place their children in public school and never home school them.

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Judge will decide if Tutts can home school; Court refuses to turn over records

Judge will decide if Tutts can home school; Court refuses to turn over records

Posted on Aug 18th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

The decision about whether the Tutt family will be allowed to home school will be the topic of discussion when they return to court in Dallas County…

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CPS Working to Block Adoption of Child by Tutt Family; THSC Still Seeking Transcript

Posted on Jul 9th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

The last week of June there were several hearings in the Tutt case in Dallas. THSC-retained attorneys represented the Tutt family as they sought in…

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Tutt Children Undergoing Trauma Therapy; Commissioner Initiates Investigation

Posted on Jun 24th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

The Tutt children are all doing well academically in spite of the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) (person appointed by the court to represent the “best…

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Tim Lambert Addresses the Misconduct of CPS Case Workers in Tutt Case

Posted on May 15th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

The mistreatment of the Tutts by CPS continues. In a recent letter to the Commissioner of Family and Protective Services, THSC’s Tim Lambert,…

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Five Months and Counting, State Maintains Control of Children

Posted on May 8th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

Based on the recommendation of a CPS-contracted psychologist, the judge in the April 30 hearing ruled that the Tutt family must submit to monthly,…

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PRESS RELEASE: TUTT FAMILY BACK IN COURT, CPS CLAIMS NO WRONGDOING

Posted on Apr 29th, 2014 - By Jeremy Newman

UPDATE: The original time listed in this article for the Tutt's court appearance was listed as 2:00pm. The judge has moved this to 4:30pm. The…

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DA argues: CPS proceedings involving children should be concealed from the public eye

Posted on Apr 1st, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

On March 26, 2014, THSC went to court in Dallas County to challenge a motion by the Dallas County district attorney, who was asking the court to…

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PRESS RELEASE: Prosecution Attacks Family’s Faith, Home Schooling. THSC Goes to Court to Obtain Court Record Which DA Seeks to Have Sealed.

Posted on Mar 26th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 25, 2014 Contact: Jeremy Newman Phone: 205-378-8214 Email: Jeremy@thsc.org THSC will appear at hearing in…

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Sealed Records and Gag-Orders to Keep Parents from Their Kids

Posted on Mar 24th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

In the battle for parental rights, more and more we are seeing state bureaucrats removing children from fit parents, and judges arguing that they are…

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Tutt Hearing Results

Posted on Mar 6th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

On February 28 the Tutts were back in court for a “status” hearing to report to the judge on how things were going regarding the judge’s…

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Tutts Continue to Fight for Their Parental Rights; CPS Assigns New Case Worker

Posted on Mar 5th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

As I posted last week, nothing had happened in the Tutts’ attempts to regain custody of their children in the three weeks since the judge’s…

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DFPS Claims No Wrongdoing in Tutt Case

Posted on Mar 4th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

In response to a letter to CPS from Tim Lambert, Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner John J. Specia Jr. requested a DFPS Office…

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New Tutt Hearing

Posted on Feb 26th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

The terrible miscarriage of justice continues in the Tutt case. The next hearing in the case will be this Friday, February 28, 2014, in the 302nd…

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Tutt CPS Abuse Continues

Posted on Feb 19th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

The CPS abuse of the Tutts and their children continues. One of the Tutts’ children, who is still in the adoption process and is a sibling of two…

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Tutt Case Update

Posted on Feb 7th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

As I posted last week, nothing had happened in the Tutts’ attempts to regain custody of their children in the three weeks since the judge’s…

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Tutt Case Press Conference

Posted on Feb 6th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

THSC hosted a press conference to publicize the removal of the children from the Tutt family and to demand an investigation into CPS and Judge Olvera…

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PRESS RELEASE: THSC CALLS ON CPS TO INVESTIGATE CASEWORKER IN TUTT CASE

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 3, 2014 Contact: Jeremy Newman Phone: 205-378-8214 Email: Jeremy@thsc.org The Texas Home School Coalition has…

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Tutt Case – Call to Action

Posted on Jan 28th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

The Tutt case continues, so we are issuing this update and a call to action. While some of the Tutts’ children have been returned to their home,…

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Tutt Case – Partial Victory

Posted on Jan 10th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

The Tutt family case continues after a hearing in Dallas Judge Tena Callahan’s court on January 7. The hearing went from 2 p.m. until 10:45 p.m.,…

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Judge Removes Children – Update

Posted on Jan 6th, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

Last week I reported on the Tutts, a home schooling family who had their children removed by a Dallas County judge in what we believe was an illegal…

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Judge Removes Children Illegally

Posted on Jan 2nd, 2014 - By Tim Lambert

On November 21 seven children from a home school family in Duncanville were forcibly removed from their home, in spite of no evidence of abuse or…

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