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July / August 2003

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Social worker interrogation averted

When a social worker demanded entry into the home of a western Iowa family, the parents immediately called Home School Legal Defense Association for legal advice. Claiming "concern for the safety of the children," the social worker soon acknowledged that his true concern was regarding one child with Down syndrome. The official was unable or unwilling to state what specific facts led him to be concerned for the safety of the child, but insisted that he must come into the home, after which the family could decline to accept services.

On HSLDA's advice, the parents did not allow the social worker entry into the home and also declined any services. He has not made any further contact with the family.

Except in extraordinary circumstances, the privacy of the family home should be consistently protected from government intrusion. While this social worker obviously had no facts to indicate child abuse or neglect when he came to the door, if he had been allowed into the home, he could have found something that, in his own mind, justified interfering with the family's autonomy and privacy on a long-term basis. By firmly declining his request for entry, the family gave their autonomy and privacy maximum protection.

Scott A. Woodruff