The Pardo case has gone viral. People all over the country have now viewed the video and shared the story with friends. The video has nearly two million views and over 30,000 people have signed the petition asking Governor Abbott to take action.
Dr. James Dobson reached out to us in response to this case and I sat down with him in his Family Talk studio in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We had a riveting discussion about this issue, how it is affecting innocent families all over the country, and how this is symptomatic of a general assault on the God-given, fundamental right of families to raise their children as they see fit.
Dr. Dobson and I reminisced about other battles for the family over the years and I even shared with him that he influenced Lyndsay, me and many of our friends when we made the decision to homeschool. We remembered the radio broadcast in the early 1980s when Dr. Dobson talked with Dr. Raymond Moore discussing his research and his book called “Better Late Than Early.”
We talked about the fact that once again, the family is under attack and unjust Child Protective Services (CPS) cases are one of the ways that is happening. Dr. Dobson and I discussed the Pardo case in detail and he encouraged his listeners to get involved. We are most grateful for his support. You can listen to the two-part interview on his website or a podcast of the interviews.
Last week the Dallas Court of Appeals rejected the Pardo request for relief with virtually no reasoning. Legal counsel for the family intends to file with the Texas Supreme Court this week and THSC will file a friend of the court brief in support of the family signed by around a dozen legislators and numerous other pro-family organizations. Several other groups will file their own briefs in support as well.
Thank you for continuing to pray for the Pardo family and that God would bring Drake home soon. Pray for the Judges at the Texas Supreme Court that they would rule in justice and Bring Drake Home!
CPS is, of course, seeking to justify the taking and continued holding of the Pardo’s four-year-old child. It is very enlightening to read the documents filed with the Fifth Court of Appeals to get a clear picture of the facts and legal reasoning.
In the meantime, THSC has launched a campaign to inform the public about the travesty of this case, including a viral video that has over 1.5 million views within just the last few days. At this writing, nearly 30,000 people have signed the petition asking Governor Abbott to address this issue.
Please continue to pray for the Pardos and little Drake as well as the attorneys and judges involved. Pray especially that this nightmare will end soon.
CPS Argues to Appellate Court that Pardo Family has Nothing to Complain About
On August 2nd, Appellate attorneys for the Pardo family filed two motions with the Dallas Court of Appeals. The first was a motion to suspend the District Court’s order giving CPS custody of the Pardo child.
This was requested as the family awaits the court’s ruling on the second motion which was a petition for mandamus asking the Court of Appeals to overturn the Judge’s ruling completely and return the child to the family.
Later that same day, the Court issued a demand that CPS respond to the motion to stay by 5 p.m. on August 5th, and respond to the request for writ of mandamus by August 12th. This is excellent news!
Writs of mandamus are very often simply denied without comment. The fact that the Court issued a demand for a response from CPS on both motions means the Court is taking this very seriously.
In their response to the motion to suspend, CPS argued that because CPS is giving Drake the same medical care his parents would have, Drake’s parents have nothing to complain about and there is no reason for Drake to be returned home.
In other words, CPS argued that removing Drake from his family did not harm Drake in any way and that since the parents and CPS had all agreed on the same medical care for Drake, there was no reason he should be removed from state custody of CPS.
This gives us a view into the mind of CPS; ripping a 4-year-old, medically fragile child from his parents is not a big deal as long as the child continues to receive adequate medical care. CPS admitted, in extreme detail, that Ashley and Daniel were already planning to give Drake the exact medical treatment that the state believes Drake needs. Nevertheless, they argue that they should get to keep Drake anyway.
Please continue to pray for the safety of the child and for the family as they deal with such a horrific situation. Sign the petition to Gov. Abbott asking him to prioritize CPS reform so that this type of abuse does not happen to other Texas families.
Help us #BringDrakeHome by donating, signing the petition and telling Governor Abbott to rein in CPS’s abuse of power.
Hello, my name is ________ __________ and I am calling to leave a message for Governor Greg Abbott.
I am calling as a homeschooler and/or a parent and/or a concerned citizen.
On June 20, 2019, Drake Pardo was illegally removed from his home in Kaufman County by Child Protective Services and law enforcement.
CPS failed to meet almost every legal requirement before removing Drake.
I would like to implore Governor Abbott to prioritize CPS reform during this legislative interim and during the next legislative session in 2021 to prevent additional families from suffering this trauma.