March 28, 2001

7,000 Texans Demand CPS Reform

Gary Gates, head of Texans for a Family Bill of Rights (TFBR), is spearheading an effort to reform Texas law regarding Child Protective Services abuse investigations. During TFBR's petition drive this month, it gathered nearly 6,000 signatures of parents demanding a change in the law. When Home School Legal Defense Association alerted its Texas members to this opportunity to support family freedom, they added over 1,000 more signatures.

On March 23, Mr. Gates delivered almost 7,000 signatures to a Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services board meeting. Over 100 concerned parents attended this meeting, including HSLDA Texas Legislative Counsel Tom Sanders.

Gary Gates' passion to change the law is fueled by personal experience. CPS social workers violated his due process rights when they removed his 13 children from his home. According to Texans for a Family Bill of Rights, an increasing number of Texans believe that CPS is abusing its authority. HSLDA has represented hundreds of home schoolers across the country who have been unjustly harassed by child welfare agencies.

HSLDA and TFBR hope these petitions and the publicity surrounding the meeting will serve as the launching pad for reforming Texas's child welfare code, specifically as it relates to anonymous tips. Several legislators have indicated they are willing to introduce favorable legislation and are strategizing with us on timing and final language.

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