Drake Pardo, an autistic 4-year-old with severe medical issues, including long-standing eating problems, was being raised by loving parents in Texas until June 20 of this year. It was on this date that Child Protect Services showed up with armed police officers and forcibly removed Drake from his parents and his home.
This shocking removal came after Drake’s parents took him to Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, for treatment following an incident in which the child nearly choked to death. Per medical advice, Drake's parents requested the insertion of a feeding tube.
One of the doctors at the medical center did a partial review of Drake's medical file and reported the family to Child Protective Services for seeking, what the hospital believed to be, unnecessary medical treatment for their child. This doctor had never once seen Drake nor given him any type of medical care. The doctor had also never spoken to Daniel and Ashley, Drake's parents, yet now they were considered to be medically abusive parents.
Also, having never spoken to the family, met Drake, nor conferred with a doctor who did have first-hand knowledge of Drake's medical condition, CPS ripped Drake away from his parents. He has been in foster care for the past nine weeks where he currently remains.
Daniel and Ashley were also put under a gag order and threatened with jail time if they spoke to the media or publicized their situation.
Ashley and Daniel can't speak up for their son. Drake can't speak up for himself, and the state of Texas won't speak up for Drake. In fact, it's the state that kidnapped him!
Watch this short video from the Texas Home School Coalition for the full story.
Drake's case has been appealed to the highest court in the state. Both the Bible and the Supreme Court have declared that directing a child's upbringing is the responsibility of parents, not the government. Somebody needs to tell that to the Supreme Court of Texas before another family gets ripped apart!
Fortunately, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is in a position of authority to help bring Drake home.
Please sign our petition to Governor Abbott and urge him to do everything within his power to see Drake is freed and immediately returned to his parents.