In the brief, a former DFPS employee alleges that he was ordered to fully investigate all cases of gender-affirming care, even when such treatment was ordered by a medical professional.
“Before February 22, 2022, never in DFPS history had parents been investigated for simply following medically recommended care prescribed by a physician and with the child’s consent considered ‘abuse’. of children “”, says the folder.
Half of the DFPS employees who signed the court filing are no longer with the agency, with some having quit in protest at the policy. Most of those still employed by DFPS filed an anonymous request “to minimize the risk of retaliation”, according to the brief. One of the Child Protective Services investigators who quit is a transgender man, the document says.
The brief urges the appeals court to uphold the lower court’s decision temporarily barring the policy’s enforcement, despite the appeal by the DFPS. The Court of Appeal has not yet set a date for oral arguments in this case.
A DFPS spokesperson declined to comment on the DFPS workers’ brief on Wednesday.
CNN’s Elizabeth Wolfe contributed to this report.