CPS Clears Pardos of Charges, But Places Them on Abuse Registry Anyway
The innocent Pardo family is battling CPS once again.
Last year, in one of the most shocking cases of Child Protective Services (CPS) abuse that we have seen, the agency removed a four-year-old special needs child named Drake from his family with absolutely no evidence of abuse or neglect.
THSC members and supporters helped the Pardo family, and after a months-long legal and political battle, Drake was returned to his family.
2019’s Fight for Justice
The video describing Drake’s case went viral, gaining almost 2.5 million views from around the world and thousands of supporters who gave to the cause and prayed diligently for Drake and his family.
The Texas Supreme Court finally issued an order for Drake to be returned to his family, stating that CPS had shown no evidence that he was in danger.
Later, CPS asked the courts to dismiss the case “with prejudice,” meaning that it could not be refiled.
The family, THSC members, and supporters were overjoyed. We all thought it was finally over.
The Battle Begins (Again)
We were wrong!
CPS has placed Drake’s innocent parents on the abuse registry.
CPS has no evidence that there was ever any abuse or neglect and told the court they did not have any concern about Drake’s safety when they asked the court to dismiss the case.
CPS now asserts that the parents should be listed as abusers.
Once on the registry, a family’s designation as a “child abuser” stays on their record, shows up on background checks, and can prevent the family from obtaining employment or even volunteering at their child’s school and church activities.
THSC, its members and supporters are challenging this miscarriage of justice legally in the courts. The purpose of CPS—to protect children—is vital. But CPS is traumatizing Drake and his family.
Since the second week of July, THSC has done dozens of interviews with Texas media outlets discussing homeschooling in Texas.
We’re also asked: Why have we seen almost three times the usual number of families interested in homeschooling?
It’s because families are facing uncertainty regarding their children’s education like never before.
Here are the top three concerns parents who are considering homeschooling ask and discuss with us:
How will COVID-19 impact kids and teachers at schools?
While the data shows that very few children (statistically speaking) are impacted by the virus, there is still a great deal of fear and uncertainty.
Many parents do not want to take a chance with their children’s health. Plus, teacher unions are strongly opposed to schools starting up in person.
What will school attendance look like for kids?
State guidelines recommend masks for children over the age of 10, as well as social distancing in the classroom, the cafeteria and on the playground.
Many families are rightly concerned about how this would affect their children and worry about their school being shut down halfway through the semester if an outbreak occurs.
Will my child have to sit at a computer for six hours a day?
Many families who used the schools distance learning last spring were very disappointed and say that the schools’ expectation was that all of the students would sit in front of a computer screen for six hours a day.
This is widely seen as unacceptable by many families.
Homeschooling is very different from distance learning. With homeschooling, you can do in a matter of a few hours what a classroom situation takes all day to accomplish.
This is one reason that many families have decided to continue their experiment with homeschooling this fall.
Visit THSC.org to get all the information you need to homeschool in Texas!