The Home School Court Report
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November / December 2003

Colleges and homeschoolers

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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

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Family investigated for changing doctors

The Marsden* family of Pontiac recently brought their homeschooled son to the emergency room after he suffered a seizure. The hospital referred them to a physician, but the family chose to set an appointment with another doctor instead. Apparently, after hearing of this, the doctor referred by the hospital reported the family to Child Protective Services. When the social worker appeared at the Marsden's house, Home School Legal Defense Association immediately communicated with her, explaining that the family had a right to consult any doctor they chose. After recognizing that the family had set up an appointment and that the child was getting proper medical treatment, the social worker closed the case.

Social worker threatens court order

This summer, an anonymous tipster reported the Bliss* family of Benton Harbor to the Family Independence Agency (FIA). The allegations stated that this homeschool family did not have hot or running water, that their toilets did not work, and that their house was extremely dirty. The family, although not required to by law, allowed the social worker who came to their door to turn on their faucets and flush their toilets, proving that the allegations were completely false.

Nonetheless, the social worker is now threatening a court order if the Blisses do not allow him to interview their children. HSLDA is standing behind this family, explaining to the FIA that the Michigan Code does not require the family to cooperate with such a request, particularly one in which the allegations have already been established as completely false. At this point, we expect this case to be closed with no further harm to the family.

— Christopher J. Klicka

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