FREECOG or Free the Children of God, originally named The Parents' Committee to Free Our Children from the Children of God, was an anti-cult group founded in 1971. It was the first organized anti-cult group, formed as a response to the total commitment and alleged mind control techniques used by the Children of God. Founders included Ian Haworth, William Rambur, John Moody and Ted Patrick, one of the pioneers of so called deprogramming.
In 1972, the Children of God filed a $1.1 million libel and slander suit against several founding members of FREECOG. In July 1973 they dropped the case shortly after the defendants were granted a discovery order requiring the organization to make its leaders, including David Berg, available for depositions and to turn over its membership and financial records. In a January 1985 Mo Letter, Berg disclosed that the suit was filed in bad faith and that the Children of God never had any intention of trying the case in court and proving their claims because they knew they could not possibly win:
By the mid 1970s, publicity about negative practices of cults had led to a wider anti-cult movement in North America, Western Europe, and elsewhere. In the early 1980s most of the parent groups merged into what became known as the Cult Awareness Network.
- FREECOG protest and meeting – from "The Love Prophet and the Children of God" documentary
- Kay Rambur (aka Consuelo), daughter of FREECOG founder William Rambur, discusses FREECOG, her relationship with her parents and other matters during an interview in an internal Family video made for David Berg.
- Valley Morning Star: Parents Charge Children Victims of Racket Cult — 1971-10-16
- New York Times: Ill Winds Buffet Communal Sect — 1971-11-29
- Time Magazine: Whose Children? — 1972-01-24
- New York Times: Parents Join to Combat Radical Youth Sect — 1972-02-22
- Syracuse Post-Standard: Parents Frightened By Sect's Impact — 1972-02-22
- Edwardsville Intelligencer: 'Jesus Communes' Opposed by Parents — 1973-06-16
- Odessa American: Suit Against Parents Is Withdrawn — 1973-07-24
- Washington Post: Children of God Suit Ended — 1973-08-03
- Lethbridge Herald: Children of God drop $1.1 million slander suit — 1973-08-04
- Texas Monthly: Let the Love Light Shine — 1973-10
- New Times: Where have all the Children of God gone? — 1974-10-04
- The Progress: Children of God Sect Grips Thousands of Parents — 1974-11-20
- Dallas Morning News: Back to the Garden — 1990-03-11
- Birmingham News: New Home, Old Questions Controversies of Past Follow Communal Group — 1995-07-21