Standing For Faith

Teen Resuce, Inc. vs California Department of Social Services

Category: Case Update

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.

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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