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February 24, 2003.Department of Human Services v. H Family
HSLDA defends family against intrusive social worker investigation

Filed: January 26, 2001.

Nature of Case:The Department of Human Services received a complaint that the H’s home had unsanitary conditions and that the children were not in public school. When the social workers first came to the house on January 10, they found that no one was home. One of the social workers went around to the back yard and peered in the kitchen window. Later that day, the social workers came back. Mrs. H allowed them to come in to the front room, where they saw and spoke to the children. However, Mrs. H did not allow the workers to go through the house nor to interrogate the children out of her presence.

The family called HSLDA, and on our advice, they sent DHS proof that the children were legally homeschooling. They also submitted an affidavit from a respected community juvenile worker who testified that the residence did not present any health or safety risks.

On January 17, 2003, DHS petitioned the court for an order forcing the H family to let DHS into their home and to seize their children for interviews, which was granted. HSLDA immediately filed a motion to halt the order and allow for a hearing on whether such a move was justified.

On February 20, 2003, DHS admitted that it had no other evidence. Accordingly, the Court dismissed the case in its entirety.

Rulings:
1-17-03 The juvenile court granted the social workers' request for an order allowing for a home inspection and an interview of each child.
1-24-03 The court stayed its previous order and scheduled a hearing.
2-20-03 The court quashed the investigative order and dismissed the case.

Status: Dismissed.

Last Updated: February 24, 2003.

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adamandramona
by Group Owner on Jun. 20, 2007 at 6:54 PM

A plethora of forms

As an added benefit to our members, HSLDA has posted a number of sample forms on our website, including letters for withdrawing from public school, forms for submitting required notices of intent to homeschool, and memos describing the legal issues involved in homeschooling. To see the forms for your state, go to the homeschooling page on our website at http://members.hslda.org/state and select your state. By the creation of these forms, HSLDA did not intend to burden its members with more paperwork. Rather, the forms are designed for our members' convenience and to protect them from inadvertently giving more information than their state's law requires. Members are free to prepare their own documents to comply with the law.
Everything is right at your fingertips. If you do not have access to your own computer, take the kids to the library and do your research there.
I can not say again, "how important it is to stay a current member of HSLDA."
You may never have to use them, but........you never know when some nosy neighbor, and unfortunetly a family member might call you in and have you investigated. BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY.
~~~~~~~Ramona~~~~~~~~

adamandramona
by Group Owner on Jun. 20, 2007 at 7:27 PM
    * Consistent with Internal Revenue Service regulations, we cannot guarantee representation in every case. However, in practice, we have come to the aid of our members and many non-members to protect and advance the right of all to homeschool. When HSLDA takes a case, there are no further charges of any kind to the family.

    2. When can I call HSLDA?

    Anytime. We are available 24/7. Call 1-540-338-5600. Please note that in order to keep membership costs low, we do not have an 800 number.

    3. Are all legal costs covered?

    After a family joins HSLDA, there are no further charges of any kind for defending them in court. HSLDA pays in full all attorney fees, expert witness fees, court transcript cost, travel expenses, and all other court costs permissible by state law for us to pay.

    4. Do you have a payment plan?

    Yes, we do have membership payment plans. (See Member Payment Information for a list of options.)

    5. Do you offer any discounts on membership?

    We offer a discount to families who are members of a participating discount group. (See Group Discounts for a discount group that will work for you. If you are the leader of a group and want to participate, please call or email HSLDA.) We also run special promotions at various times.

    6. What resources do you have available?

    Despite society’s doubt and skepticism, homeschoolers have become a significant demographic in America with impressive, consistent academic achievement and post-graduate success. HSLDA has initiated research and compiled statistical evidence of homeschool achievement in conjunction with the National Home Education Research Institute. You can access the results of these studies at http://www.hslda.org/research/default.asp.

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