The Home School Court Report
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November / December 2003

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Social workers refuse to reveal allegations

Two privately employed social workers came to the Halls'* home recently in central Maine and asked to interview their three homeschooled children. When Mrs. Hall asked why they had come to her home, the social workers refused to tell her. They said that if they told her, they would have to turn the case over to the department of human services. In addition, they said they needed to provide "services" for the family. Mrs. Hall wisely declined and contacted Home School Legal Defense Association for assistance.

We advised Mrs. Hall to call back one of the social workers and inform her that the family's attorney needed to know what the allegations were. The social worker's tone immediately changed. She promptly disclosed the allegations and said the file would be closed. In fact, there were no allegations of actual abuse or neglect against this family at all.

President George W. Bush recently signed a bill advocated by HSLDA that requires all social workers to divulge the allegations against a family under investigation. As the 50 states incorporate this federal requirement into their laws, we should see a reduction of the instances where social workers try to strong-arm their way into a family's home without revealing accusations.

— Scott A. Woodruff

* Name changed to protect family's privacy. See "HSLDA social services contact policy".