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5/5/2009 4:54:51 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas--Calls Still Needed to Support CPS Reform Bill

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May 5, 2009

Texas--Calls Still Needed to Support CPS Reform Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Human Services Committee had a public hearing for H.B. 948. The
bill was left pending in committee with no vote taken. As a result we
recommend that you keep calling the committee so that the pressure
continues, and that it will be voted favorably out of committee.

In our experience at HSLDA, Texas has some of the most aggressive
social worker investigations of homeschoolers. Many times CPS workers
pressure families and do not respect parental rights. This bill would
provide more "checks and balances", which will protect all parents'
rights during CPS investigations.

These changes include:

> Requires parental consent or court order for
medical/psychological/psychiatric examinations of the child.
> Requires the department to audio record all reports of abuse and
neglect.
> Requires the department to record and maintain all interviews and
documents pertaining to an investigation, including original notes.
> Requires the department to make written reports about a case and
make those reports, as well as audio recordings, available to the
person under investigation.
> Requires that if the custody of the child is taken away from the
parents, the child must go to a person the parents/legal guardian
designate on the child placement resources form.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call the House Human Services Committee members and give them
this message in your own words:

"Please support H.B. 948. This bill reforms the current CPS law by
adding further protections of the rights of parents during a CPS
investigation.

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Calls no longer need to be made after May 14.

If the first letter of your last name begins with an A-L, then please
call the first five members of this list. If your last name begins
with the letters M-Z, please call the last four members on this list.

House Human Services Committee Members:

Chair, Rep. Patrick Rose - 512-463-0647
Vice Chair, Rep. Abel Herrero - 512-463-0462
Rep. Drew Darby - 512-463-0331
Rep. Gary Elkins - 512-463-0722
Rep. Ana Hernandez - 512-463-0614
Rep. Bryan Hughes - 512-463-0271
Rep. Ken Legler - 512-463-0460
Rep. Elliott Naishtat - 512-463-0668
Rep. Armando Walle - 512-463-0924

BACKGROUND

Parental rights are under siege. Parents, in many ways, are becoming
"second class citizens" as lower courts elevate the power of the state
to supersede the wisdom of parents. Parental choice is in jeopardy.
Freedom is at stake. The basic fundamental freedom of parents to raise
their children hangs in the balance.

Although the U.S. Supreme Court clearly recognizes parents' rights as
fundamental and thus protected by a higher standard of review, many
lower courts over the last 25 years have eroded this traditional view
of parental rights. This bill will protect some fundamental rights of
parents to make medical decisions and decide whom their children will
live with, should their custody be taken away.

For more information on parental rights visit www.ParentalRights.org .

Thank you for your support of freedom in Texas!

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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graduating and some just reaching school age. If you're going to
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It's a good deal for families with more than 10 years of
homeschooling ahead.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
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