We want to help prevent and end the nation’s horrific child neglect/abuse epidemic. We are committed to helping children who have been neglected/abused, as well as their families. Unfortunately, many child abuse victims never receive the help they need and grow up to become abusers themselves. Many others suffer from alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, mental health problems and more. Some even commit suicide. Research shows that over half of teenage runaways are running from abusive homes. The child abuse epidemic must be brought to an end.
In most cases, one or both parents are the perpetrators. Frequently their parent’s live-in partner, family members, family friends, babysitters, teachers, coaches and religious leaders are responsible. In over 90 percent of cases, the abuser is not a stranger. Abusers are either adults or teens whom the victim knows and trusts.
Over the past decade we have helped a number of children and their family members to obtain justice, visitation and protection.
For example, we helped two young Dallas girls and their mother to prosecute and punish their father who forced them to view porn, and then got a law passed that made it illegal in Texas for any parents, guardians or their spouses to show porn to their children. We also arranged for three news stories about their ordeal to be published and broadcast about the need for the law. The stories then went national and were published and broadcast by literally hundreds of news media from CA to NY.
We helped seven children in Cleburne whom their parents said were physically, sexually and emotionally abused while in foster care, after their parents were falsely accused and jailed by CPS and police for supposedly starving their adopted son to death. The District Attorney dropped the charges after evidence was found that CPS workers knew the little boy had HIV but were medically and likely criminally negligent for not telling the parents before they adopted him so they could provide him with the medicine necessary to save his life. CPS workers also did not tell the medical examiner which he said was illegal and caused him to have to perform a second autopsy.
We helped a 13-year-old Dallas boy – whose mother and her live-in boyfriend abandoned him with very little food, water or heat in the winter – by arranging for a board-certified family attorney to help his loving grandparents in Amarillo to gain custody of him.
We assisted a 13-year-old Tarrant County boy by reporting the physical and sexual abuse he said his father was guilty of to CPS and police. Because he was so afraid to tell on his father and then CPS would not believe him after he finally mustered up the courage to tell, the boy finally acted out badly enough at school to be suspended. Finally the father allowed him to move in with his mother.
We helped two young McKinney children, whom their mother claimed were being physically and emotionally abused for asking to visit her, even though it was ordered by the court. After we assisted the mother to file contempt charges against the father, he began to bring the children to visit their mother and allowed her to visit them.
See their stories below.
Under the law, any person who suspects a child is being abused must report that allegation to CPS by email or phone. But because so many CPS workers are overwhelmed with cases and reports and can’t always investigate properly within the required 24 hours, we will also make reports and use our contacts to learn if the child has been contacted in person.
If you have reported the child to CPS and your report has either not yet been investigated or the child has not yet been removed, we will contact CPS and use our resources to learn why or why not, plus try to convince them to act quickly.
We can use a variety of surveillance methods to help determine if a child is being neglected, abused or abandoned.
Some of the news stories we’ve arranged about our child abuse victim assistance efforts:
Dallas boy who fended for himself in vacant home to live with grandmother in Amarillo – The Dallas Morning News, Feb. 4, 2015
Cleburne family struggles with death of child, its messy aftermath – The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Dec. 13, 2014
Police say Dallas man left 13-year-old in vacant home for a month without heat, running water – Dallas Morning News, Nov. 21, 2014
13-year-old left alone for month with no heat, water – Fox 4 TV News Dallas, Nov, 21, 2014
CPS drops guardianship of Texas couple’s children – KSAT-TV ABC 12 News, San Antonio, Oct. 14, 2014
Dad Shows Kids Porn, Mom Fights To Change State Law – CBS11-TV News, Dallas TX, March 17, 2011
Pre-trial underway for dad who showed daughters porn – ABC-7TV News, Amarillo TX, Feb. 14, 2011
AG Ruling: Father who showed daughters porn can be prosecuted – Chicago Tribune, April 27, 2010
Father charged with endangerment after showing porn to daughters – (AP) The Dallas Morning News, April 7, 2010
Prosecutor wants to change Texas porn law – (AP) WTAW NewsTalk 1620, College Station TX, Oct. 30, 2009
Prosecutor says he can’t charge parents for showing kids hardcore porn – (AP) KOMO-TV News, Seattle WA,
Texas woman challenges state law that allows pornography to be shown to minors by parents – (AP) Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Oct. 30, 2009
Texas law on children seeing porn being challenged – Associated Press Dallas, Oct. 29, 2009
Dallas Mom Fighting Law Allowing Kids To See Porn – CBS11-TV News Dallas, Oct. 28, 2009
Texas law: It’s OK to show porn to your kids – The Dallas Morning News, Oct. 28, 2009
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