The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 3
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May / June 2003


FEATURES
A season to encourage

Burnt toast & sticky cards

A letter to my parents

The spiritual power of a mother
National Center hosts 2003 Summit
Farris addresses social workers

DEPARTMENTS
Along the way

Homeschool litigation: preparing the way
Freedom Watch

What's ahead in 2003?
From the heart
Across the states
Active Cases
Members only
About Campus
President's page

Good judges make good decisions

ET AL.

Prayer & Praise

a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

HSLDA legal contacts for November/December 2002



  LEGAL/LEGISLATIVE UPDATES  



ACROSS THE STATES

AR · CA · FL · IL · IN · KY · LA · MD · MO · MT · ND · NM · NY · OH · OK · OR · TN · TX · VA · WY

ILLINOIS

Case dismissed

The assistant regional superintendent for Whiteside County Regional Office of Education ordered the M family in Sterling to submit to a home visit and submit their daughter's home education program to him for approval. Home School Legal Defense Association wrote to the assistant superintendent, indicating that our member family would not comply with either illegal demand.

Without further warning, the school district contacted the district attorney who ordered the family to appear in court. HSLDA intervened with the help of local attorney Rich Baker and the case has been dismissed.

DCFS harasses family

HSLDA members Mr. and Mrs. Brand of Littleton went out of town for two nights, leaving their children in a relative's care. Soon after they returned, a social worker from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) came to their door, insisting on entering and interviewing the children.

The mother refused and called HSLDA. We immediately intervened and discovered that the allegation was "lack of proper supervision." Apparently, a local police officer had seen a teenager near the family's house and incorrectly assumed that the teenager was watching the children in the parents' absence.

Although the social worker threatened to obtain a court order to interview the children, HSLDA obtained statements from the relative in charge of the children that weekend, the local sheriff, and other witnesses that the children were under proper adult supervision at all times while the parents were gone. These affidavits were faxed to the social worker along with a letter describing the lack of evidence to obtain a court order. The court order was never issued, and the family has received no further contact from the social worker. We are thankful to God for protecting this family.

Christopher J. Klicka