The Home School Court Report
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May / June 2004

The Best Preventative Medicine

What are mandatory reporters?

Quick tickets to a social services investigation

Freedom watch

Same-sex marriage: Not a tangential battle
Across the states
About campus

"Intelligence" takes on new meaning
Active cases
Members only

Wanted: Words from the wise
Around the globe

Netherlands victory

Canadian Supreme Court affirms parental rights
Presidents Page

Not in vain


HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries

Prayer & Praise

On the other hand: a Contrario Sensu



Quick tickets to a social services investigation

>>Ignoring a doctor’s recommendations.

>>Not being prepared to explain the medical, religious, or philosophical objections underlying your decision not to immunize your children. (The best preparation is to bring a copy of the state statute or a copy of any certificate or affidavit that documents your exemption.)

>>Leaving your baby in the car while you run in to get the antibiotics the doctor just prescribed. (It’s not a “medical” problem as such, but HSLDA finds it’s one of the most common situations resulting in allegations of neglect.)

>>Spanking in public or any place where your loving, responsible corporal discipline could be seen out of context or misconstrued. (Consider that HSLDA members have ended up in court when neighbors reported the family to social services after overhearing discipline being administered in the backyard or in a room with an open window.)

Ask the Doctor

Introducing, “Healthcare and the Homeschooler,” a new column dedicated to health issues of interest to homeschoolers.

Do you have a specific question you would like Dr. Sayre to answer, or a medical issue about which you would like him to comment?

We invite you to submit your questions or topics for this new column to Be sure to include “Healthcare” in the subject line.

Here are a few suggestions for the types of questions Dr. Sayre will be happy to address:

>>What to do when medical issues and parental rights intersect

>>How to prepare your child for a visit to the doctor (or a stay in the hospital)

>>How to cultivate a better relationship with your doctor

>>How to know when it's time to make an appointment to see the doctor

(Dr. Sayre cannot address specific medical questions requiring diagnosis and/or treatment options in this column.)