Standing For Faith

Teen Resuce, Inc. vs California Department of Social Services

Standing For Faith

Religious freedom and parental rights are being threatened in California by a recently passed bill, SB524. Through this bill, the state of California is attempting to deny all boarding schools from being certified by the California Department of Education and force them to be under the supervision of the Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD). Not only does this take away the religious right to be a faith based school, but it also takes away the right of the parents to place their children in such a school.

Lawsuit Against California

On March 13, 2019, with the help of the Pacific Justice Institute, Teen Rescue, Inc. filed a lawsuit against the State of California. The purpose of this lawsuit is to correct CCLD’s infringement on Religious Freedom and Parental Rights. These are inherent rights granted to us by the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States. We have done our best to work with CCLD over the nearly 30 years we have been in operation. However, we feel that they have left us no choice but to pursue legal action against them.

Please help support us in our fight against this injustice.
Please contact your church, school, local government officials and express your concern over this abuse of power. And please consider donating.

All funds raised will be used at the sole discretion of Teen Rescue, Inc. Any funds raised beyond what is needed to support the legal efforts will be used to supplement the operational expenses of River View Christian Academy and the children that we help.

CBN News Article about Teen Rescue

CBN News posted an article about the recent court ruling in our favor.

Read the full article here: CA Raided ‘Teen Rescue’, Trying to Close Christian Boarding School – Here’s What the Court Said

State’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction Denied

The hearing regarding the State’s motion for a preliminary injunction against our school was held on Monday, November 18th. The State essentially claimed that they would suffer irreparable harm if we were allowed to continue operating for the duration of the court case.

However, the judge ruled in our favor and denied the State’s motion.

The judge’s reasoning was that she was concerned about the potential impact the State’s demands would have on our First Amendment rights. The judge cited Elrod v. Burns (1976), in which the court stated, “The loss of First Amendment freedoms, for even minimal periods of time, unquestionably constitutes irreparable injury.”

This ruling not only allows us to continue operating our school, but it allows us to continue fighting the State’s abuse of power.

We feel strongly, and our attorney agrees, that this has turned into an extremely important case. It is about more than just our school and its future. It is about the rights of the Christian community in California and ultimately throughout the country. Particularly, when it comes to the care and education of children.

The next step will be mandatory mediation, which is set for January, followed by the trial which will be set for April.

You can read Pacific Justice Institute’s full press release here.

California Unjustly Raids Christian Boarding School

Case Update – June

On June 14, 2019, we finally received a response to our appeal of Social Services claim that we are operating an unlicensed facility. In a surprise to no one, Social Services denied our appeal. However, we found the timing and contents of the response to be very interesting.

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Case Update – April-May (part 4)

Below is part 4 of the case update for April-May. Click the following links for part 1, part 2, and part 3

The Federal judge for our case unfortunately decided to dismiss our case. His dismissal was based on the petition by the State that their administrative process should be exhausted before the courts get involved. We expected that this could be a possible result and had already been preparing our administrative appeal for the State.

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Case Update – April-May (part 3)

Below is part 3 of the case update for April-May. Click the following links for part 1and part 2

At the beginning of May, 2019, we received a Facility Evaluation Report from Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD). This report repeats the previous claims that, based on their inspection of our school, they have determined that we are operating as an unlicensed facility.

This report claims that we have “not been cooperative” and have “consistently refused access to inspect” our campus. We think that it is incredibly ironic that they are accusing us of being uncooperative, considering how they have acted towards us over the years.

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Case Update – April-May (part 2)

Below is part 2 of the case update for April-May. Click Here to read part 1

In opposition to our request for a temporary restraining order and injunction, CDSS submitted declarations from two of the Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) investigators involved in serving the warrant on our campus in January. The information and allegations included in these declarations borders on insanity. The absurdity of the statements they make would be comical if not for the fact that they are made in attempt to shut down our school.

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Case Update – April-May (part 1)

A lot has happened over the past couple months. We want to keep you updated, but don’t want to overwhelm you with information. To accomplish this, we are going to break the summary up into separate parts. Below is Part 1 of the update.

At the beginning of April, 2019, Teen Rescue received a certified letter from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). This letter contained a citation claiming that we are illegally operating a facility without a license on our campus. The citation claimed that we will be fined $200 per day for non-compliance with the law. Non-compliance may also bring criminal charges, which could result in up to a year of jail time. The notice gave us less than two weeks to comply.

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PRESS RELEASE: California Raids Christian School, Seeks to Change Its Beliefs or Shut It Down

Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is fighting for the future of a Christian boarding school in Northern California that has been targeted by State officials. PJI believes the case has chilling implications for Christian schools throughout California.

On January 18, 2019, a raid was conducted of River View Christian Academy (RVCA), located in rural Northern California. The raid, which terrified students and staff, consisted of 16 armed law enforcement from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), 2 canine units, and 17 social workers. The State later admitted the raid was prompted by an internet rumor put forward by an online left-wing tabloid. The State was duped into thinking the school housed illegal drugs, stockpiled weapons, and was preparing for an end-times apocalypse. Yet the Waco-style raid turned up no such evidence.

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Dacus Report Interview with Phil Ludwig

Be sure to tune in to the Dacus Report on K-WAVE this Saturday for an interview with Phil Ludwig. Phil, the CEO of Teen Rescue, will be talking about Teen Rescue’s lawsuit against the State of California and our pursuite of religious and parental rights.

The Dacus Report will air on KWVE 107.9FM at 10:30 am PST on Saturday, April 6th.

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