FREECOG was the first organized "anti-cult" group, formed in large part in response to the total commitment required by the Children of God, as well as Ted Patrick's son's attraction to the Children of God
In response to FREECOG, a smaller group called ThankCOG (Thankful Parents & Friends of the Children of God) emerged, founded by parents of Children of God members who were pleased that their children had found religion and were free from drugs.
^ abBromley, D.G. 1998. The Politics of Religious Apostasy: The Role of Apostates in the Transformation of Religious Movements: Praeger.
^ abMelton., Gordon (2002). "The Modern Anti-Cult Movement in Historical Perspective". In Jeffrey Kaplan (Ed.). The Cultic Milieu: Oppositional Subcultures in an Age of Globalization. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira. p. 268. ISBN0-7591-0204-X.