Thursday, June 18, 2015

Will Abbott veto anti-Parental authority bill?!?


"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right."
Ephesians 6:1

Texas Homeschool Coalition has asked Governor Abbott to veto SB 206, which expands the authority of Child "Protective" Services; as they explain:
  • SB 206 extends the deadlines for cases and allows CPS more time to prosecute families in court, but provides no penalties for CPS or relief for the family if CPS fails to meet the deadlines. Not only is CPS now provided an extra six months of time under the bill to prosecute the family on a case that is already supposed to be high priority and timely, it is not even required to meet the deadlines provided in the law. 
  • SB 206 unnecessarily allows CPS to delay a visit between parents and their child who has been removed. Originally, CPS had three days to arrange a visit with the parents and their child after removal. The bill extends that deadline to five days without cause. When a child is removed traumatically from a family, extending that child’s time away from family unnecessarily is senseless. 
  • SB 206 eliminates the concrete standards by which progress on an investigation is measured. Insuring the quality of an investigation that potentially involves the removal of a child is paramount, and the removal of accountability standards in the process does not protect the child or the family.
[Author's Note: Emphasis in Original.]
Read the whole thing here.

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Governor Greg Abbott: (512) 463-2000
Twitter: @GregAbbott_TX

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Read Texas Homeschool Coalition's full letter below:

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