The Home School Court Report
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May / June 2003

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

Along the way

Homeschool litigation: preparing the way
Freedom Watch

What's ahead in 2003?
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Good judges make good decisions


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a contrario sensu (on the other hand)

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Fast food solution

An Enid-area member family was surprised when a social worker knocked at their door and announced she was investigating a report that the children were not fed properly and there was no food in the house. She asked to come into the house.

Acting quickly, this mother immediately called Home School Legal Defense Association for advice. We advised her to allow the social worker to view her children through the doorway, but this did not satisfy the social worker.

On our advice, the mother and her family went into their kitchen, began bringing out armloads of food, and laid them on the front porch. Before the pile had gotten very large, the social worker conceded that there was adequate food in the house and she left.

Because this mother thought quickly and obtained legal advice, the entire transaction was over in about 10 minutes. With rare exceptions, HSLDA counsels families not to give permission for a social worker to enter their home. A home that most people would consider to be in a normal condition of order and tidiness might appear to a social worker as a home full of hidden dangers, threats, and insinuations of abuse or neglect. The social worker enters your home not as a friend, but as a law enforcement official looking for violations or grounds to suspect a violation.

Scott A. Woodruff