Tag: child

Can a child obtain medical treatment without parental consent?

Can a child obtain medical treatment without parental consent?

More and more, doctors are asking parents of children or teens to leave the room so the doctor can speak privately with the child. While the parent or the child can insist that the parent stays, being asked to step out raises a question in the mind of most parents: “Can my child even legally […]

Member Story: It was a normal afternoon. Then, CPS knocked on the door.

Member Story: It was a normal afternoon. Then, CPS knocked on the door.

It was a normal Monday afternoon when Mrs. Pinkston* heard a knock on the door. It was a child protective services (CPS) investigative social worker. Then Mrs. Pinkston opened the door, the social worker immediately informed her that a report had been made against her to child protective services.  The social worker was extremely confrontational […]

Member Story: Hospital Calls CPS After Parents Advocate for Daughter

Member Story: Hospital Calls CPS After Parents Advocate for Daughter

Samantha Cooper* suffered from an extremely difficult condition for which medication had proven to be incapable of preventing flare-ups.  As a result, this meant that Samantha and her parents, Richard and Lisa, had become regulars at the local children’s hospital. Samantha’s day-to-day healthcare was guided by protocols established and refined over time by her specialists. […]

Member Story: Daughter’s Sunday School Teacher Sparks Months-Long CPS Investigation

Member Story: Daughter’s Sunday School Teacher Sparks Months-Long CPS Investigation

Late one evening, five-year-old Madison* was out of her bed, speaking and singing so loudly that she was on the verge of waking up her three siblings. Her father, Michael, asked her to quiet down, but she just got louder. “Honey… shh… shh…,” Michael finally whispered as he gently put his fingers on his rambunctious daughter’s […]

A Study on the Impact of Removing a Child from the Home

A Study on the Impact of Removing a Child from the Home

When a child is removed from the home, regardless of how long they have been away from their family, research demonstrates that the effects are detrimental and permanent. The removal process traumatizes both children and parents, forever changing their lives. This article1 published by the University of Michigan Law School explains that all too often, children […]

Heritage Defense Foundation Submits Amicus Brief to the Texas Supreme Court

Heritage Defense Foundation Submits Amicus Brief to the Texas Supreme Court

Earlier this month, Heritage Defense Foundation submitted an amicus legal brief to the Texas Supreme Court in regards to the Drake Pardo case.   The crux of the argument is simple: Texas child protective services (CPS) should not be allowed to violate state and federal law and manufacture urgency to remove the Pardos’ four-year-old son. Under […]

Homeschool Mom Falsely Accused of Murder and Sentenced to Life in Prison

Hannah Overton was a homeschool mom of five from Texas. She and her husband were in the process of adopting Andrew, a 4-year-old boy they were fostering. Little did they know that their lives were about to be forever changed. In October 2016, after Andrew began to show symptoms of a stomach bug and then […]

CPS Agrees to Pay $127k Sanction for Wrongful Removal of Children

After 5-month-old Mason Bright fell out of a chair and injured his head, his mother rushed him to the hospital. After the hospital discovered multiple skull fractures, they suspected child abuse and reported his parents to CPS. Blood tests later determined that Mason likely had a blood clotting disorder which would cause excessive bleeding. In […]

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