THSC saw a need in 1986 for the defense of home school and parental rights in the state of Texas because of the numerous lawsuits against home schoolers across the state and harmful legislation introduced in Austin. Since that time, THSC has grown to provide advocacy through the THSC Watchmen, free legal assistance, and lobbying the Texas legislature in Keeping Texas Families Free.
On November 21, 2013 CPS and police forcibly removed the Tutt children and placed them in a foster home despite a lack of evidence of abuse or neglect. The judge, guardian ad litem, and CPS relentlessly attacked the parents for their religious beliefs and decision to home school.
Three years later, THSC has advocated for the Tutt family who has mostly been reunited. One little girl remains in foster care and the fight to restore the Tutt family rages on.
In the Legislature:
THSC is the only organization that lobbies full time in Austin defending parental rights during the legislative session.
- Stopping bad legislation.
THSC tracks and fixes or stops bad legislation every session that would have removed parental rights.
- Passing good legislation
THSC advocates is drafting legislation in 3 specific areas:
- Parent Child Protection Act (CPS Reform)
Working with legislators and attorneys experienced in CPS law, THSC is writing a bill for the 2017 legislative session addressing the problems with the Texas CPS system that undermine the rights of parents and allow CPS to ignore deadlines and mandates without repercussions.
- Family Unity Act
Closing loopholes in the Texas Family Code that allow for non parents to sue fit parents for access or possession of a child. These cases frequently involve situations where the parent is not even accused of doing anything wrong but can nevertheless lose their child for an undetermined amount of time.
- Tim Tebow bill (UIL reform)
In 34 states across the country legislation has passed allowing home school students access to UIL activities including sports, band, and academic competitions. This freedom allows home school students to receive the same scholarship and career opportunities as public school students.THSC began working on UIL reform with the Tim Tebow bill in 2013 and will continue lobbying the legislature to pass this bill and expand opportunities for Texas families.
THSC Continuing Legal Education Seminars
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars build a network of attorneys who are trained to help with the legal defense and advocacy of families from false Child Protective Services (CPS) allegation.