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Legislature considers social worker directives

North Carolina House Bill 971 would prohibit a social worker from entering a private residence for investigation purposes without either (1) the permission of the head of the household or (2) the accompaniment of a law enforcement officer acting with legal authority. "Legal authority" means having a court order, search warrant, or credible information that someone is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury. Introduced by Representative Russell Capps on April 4, 2001, the bill has been referred to the House Committee on Judiciary II. Home School Legal Defense Association supports this legislation and urges all member families to contact their state representatives and encourage them to vote for this bill.

The legal difficulties encountered by the Stumbo family prompted the introduction of H.B. 971. This North Carolina family's problem started when their 2 year old was seen after she darted outside, without any clothes on, to catch her pet kitten. Her older brother brought her back inside within about three minutes, but, shortly after that, a social worker came to the front door and demanded to enter the home and interview each child away from the presence of the parents. HSLDA is still involved in litigation in the Stumbo case, but, regardless of the outcome in that case, passage of H.B. 971 would better guarantee constitutional protections for all families in North Carolina.

Dewitt T. Black

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