Trevor and Christina Tutt have another life changing court date today regarding their family. They are currently trying to retrieve their children from a Dallas ‘family support’ system, with a judge exerting massive power and controls over their children. The couple’s story is posted on the Texas Home School Coalition‘s website.
From Tim Lambert:
Judge Removes Children Illegally
On November 21 seven children from a home school family in Duncanville were forcibly removed from their home, in spite of no evidence of abuse or neglect, by order of Judge Graciela Olvera of the 256th District Court of Dallas County. Judge Olvera issued a removal order at an ex-parte hearing in which the parents were not represented nor notified.
This action against the Tutt family reminds me of that saying, “No good deed goes unpunished.” The Tutts are a Christian family who have five biological children, three adopted children, and one in the process of private adoption. (Three of the biological children are grown and living outside the home.) The Tutts spent several years as a licensed CPS foster home, adopted a child from CPS foster care, and now serve with Safe Families, working with at-risk families and directly with CPS to help children who are in need of care as a result of abuse or neglectful situations. At the time of the incident that drew CPS’s attention, they were caring for a sibling group of five, including a child with autism, through Safe Families. Additionally, CPS had independently placed an infant with them, knowing that they already had 12 children in their home. This family obviously has a heart for helping children in bad situations, and CPS itself was aware of this goodwill and has called on the family as a resource for such children for many years.
With the misfortune of Mr. Tutt taking a right turn instead of a left to chase down their autistic four year old, a police officer returning the child to the home made the decision to contact Child Protective Services (CPS). The agency had much prior (positive) contact with the Tutt family, as illustrated above in the THSC excerpt. They seemed to serve as a go-to emergency foster family for CPS.
That good will seemed to change in a subjective manner when one visiting CPS caseworker determined: “Nobody in their right mind would want to stay home all day with so many children!” Christina Tutt documented and demonstrated her mental and physical fitness for one, preparing for the onslaught of questions posed by employees such as this caseworker. She’d already had their home education choice judged by authorities, with the idea that being “educated advocates” for their children was seen as a governmental agency liability. (Please read Christina Tutt’s comments here.)
The Tutts seem to have a serving reputation with the homeless and children who are not easy to place in homes. I wish them good fortune gaining back their children and their family today with the new judge’s decision regarding the children’s removal from their home. We can only hope this judge doesn’t have a pre-set bias against the Tutt’s beliefs and way of life. Hopefully the bottom line will be the best interests of the children, as opposed to an associate judge and guardian ad litem’s personal opinions offering no basis of neglect or abuse.
Hit the links below for information on the Tutt family and their legacy:
Local mom spreads message of hope – 2011 The Examiner
Real-Life Adoption Stories – The nuts and bolts—and life-changing joys—of adoption – 2011 KIWI Magazine Growing Families the Natural and Organic Way
Help Dallas Homeless Children This Christmas Season! – 2012 Just Keepin’ It Real
Yesterday, Tim Lambert also provided an update post pointing out this issue is not a liberal vs conservative matter. He rightfully states: