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Anonymous Complaint Ends Favorably

Upon answering the telephone, a Des Moines area home school mother of five was shocked to hear a social worker tell her that her family was under investigation. An anonymous report had been filed against the family alleging, among other things, that her children were delivering newspapers from the bed of a pickup truck and that an infant had been left unattended in a car for 15 minutes. The social worker wanted to interview all the children.

This Home School Legal Defense Association member mother immediately called our office for legal advice. Her HSLDA attorney explained the family’s rights, and the family decided they did not wish to subject their children to interviews. The attorney communicated this to the social worker. Upon HSLDA’s advice, the parents subsequently met with the social worker to discuss the allegations. In addition, they took their infant with them to the meeting to show that he was in good health. The social worker later told the family that no further action would be taken against them. — Scott A. Woodruff