This includes reforming Child Protective Services to protect innocent families from traumatic investigations and removal of children. Since 2015, FFP’s team has been the leading architects of CPS reform in Texas, passing historic legislative CPS reforms in 2015, 2017, and 2021.
We have also been the vanguards in Austin watching for and blocking every attempt to subject Texas families to new and unnecessary intrusions by CPS into their lives and have brought national attention to the abuses of the CPS system through high-profile cases such as the Tutt family case and the Pardo family case.
In Texas, CPS is tasked with the incredibly important goal of protecting vulnerable children from abuse and neglect. However, because of nearly unrestrained power in the family courts and poor management, CPS has often become the source of trauma for many children, rather than their protector from trauma. By ensuring that CPS is focused on cases where children are actually in danger and by ensuring the minimum due process protections for families are built into the system, we can better protect Texas children and families from the trauma caused by unjust removals and also protect Texas children from the horrors of actual abuse and neglect.
However, defending the right of families to raise their children requires more than CPS reform. FFP’s team accomplishes this goal by protecting against the usurpation of parental rights from non-parents who may disagree with a parent’s legitimate religious, conscientious, or personal decisions regarding how to raise and train their child.