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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
On her way to the hospital to give birth, Jamie, a New York mom, stopped at a coffee shop and ate a piece of lemon poppyseed bread. After her son Hunter was born, a doctor told Jamie that she had failed her drug test. The hospital called CPS and a child abuse investigation was opened. […]
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 […]
All too often, innocent parents find themselves facing a CPS investigation. Once someone reports a family to social services, it can be very difficult to get out of the investigation unscathed. When Jacob Weidner was about five weeks old, he began vomiting intensely. His mother took him to the emergency room. After a CT head […]
In 2010, after Michelle Mitchell’s physician recommended she have a cesarean section, her doctor threatened to call CPS if she did not consent to it.
Mrs. Henry was running some errands that morning while Mr. Henry had taken the day off to spend it with their five children.* As Mr. Henry was making breakfast, their eleven- and eight-year-old daughters, Regina and Sarah, were supposed to be outside doing their chores. Instead, they had run away…
Can your child be legally left at home without a babysitter or other supervision? Well, that depends.