The Home School Court Report
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November / December 2003

Colleges and homeschoolers

Paul Owen's story

The big picture
2003 art contest

The judges and their thoughts on the artwork

Winners of the three categories
Farris meets with President
A gift for the next generation
Homeschooling grows up

Along the way

Abounding in the work of the Lord

Resource information
From the heart
Across the states
Active cases
In the trenches
Freedom watch
Members only
About campus
President's page


HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries

Prayer & Praise




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Use of power of attorney

Alabama law permits parents or guardians to delegate to another person any power regarding health, support, education, or maintenance of a minor child or ward. This delegation of powers may not exceed a period of one year and is accomplished by signing a power of attorney in accordance with the Code of Alabama 26-2A-7. This provision of the law enables parents and guardians to transfer authority for exercising educational choices without having to obtain a court order.

Home School Legal Defense Association receives many membership applications from individuals across the nation relying upon a parent's notarized statement or power of attorney as the authority to teach the parent's child in a homeschool. However, unless their state's law contains a provision like Alabama's, these efforts by parents are legally invalid. Parents from other states must obtain a court order changing custody or appointing another person as guardian. Because so much of HSLDA's representation of families in court is based upon the right of parents to direct the education of their children, it is vitally important that the person conducting the home instruction of a child have the legal authority to do so.

— Dewitt T. Black