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September / October 2004

The Law: A good weapon in the right hands
Third annual essay contest results

Category 1: It took a cow to prove it

Category 2: Wisdom from Grandpa

Doc's digest
Freedom watch
From the heart

To do good and share what you have

From the director

Impact of the fund

Mission statement of HSF
Across the states
Active cases
Around the globe

Announcing HSLDA Japan

Meet Hiro Inaba

Encouraging homeschool moms
Members only

Questions about the new member rates?

HSLDA membership rate increases
About campus
President's page

The angry child


On the other hand: a Contrario Sensu

Prayer & Praise

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries




To do good and share what you have

With five children ages 5–15, Todd and Colleen Adams had always considered Home School Legal Defense Association an integral part of their homeschool. They appreciated the peace of mind they derived from membership, and the knowledge that they were helping others in the homeschool community made giving to HSLDA a joy.

The Adams family’s lives changed dramatically when they left California for full-time ministry in Quebec.

But when the family decided to become full-time missionaries, their lives changed dramatically. They sold their home in California and traveled to Quebec, where they began work with the Field and Hearth Project, a nonprofit, faith-based ministry. Although they found their work of counseling and equipping Christian leaders deeply rewarding, the uncertainties of transition left them wondering where the money would come from for the next school term, including membership with HSLDA.

When it came time for the Adamses to renew, the Home School Foundation had the privilege of offering them a scholarship through the Members Helping Members Fund to help cover the expense of their membership fee. The Adamses are grateful that they can continue homeschooling in conjunction with their new ministry. "Because of the freedom that homeschooling gives us, we are able to travel and minister as a family,"Colleen writes, adding, "We look forward to being able to help others in the future through this excellent program offered by HSF."

The Adamses' story typifies the mutual aid that homeschoolers all over the nation can offer each other. HSF's vision is to extend that generosity even further. Together, we can make a difference in our fellow homeschoolers' lives.

From the director

Have you ever watched a child learn to walk? In a matter of days, he moves from crawling to standing on his own two feet. It's a miracle that never grows old.

A dad recently wrote,

For the last few years I've been taking care of my wife. She was and always will be the love of my life. Regrettably, I recently lost her to cancer. At this time I don't have the funds to pay for the membership that we always have had. I promised her that I would continue to homeschool our children and I intend to. We have six wonderful children who have been homeschooled all their lives.

Generous gifts from our members make it possible for us to continue helping such families in the midst of their time of need. Thanks for your help!

Chuck Hurst
HSF Executive Director

Impact of the HSF General Fund

In 2004 (through mid-June), 74 grants have been awarded, totaling $5,460.
In 2003, 185 grants were awarded, totaling $13,972.70.

For contribution or application information, or to request a brochure describing all of our funds, contact us at 540-338-8899, visit online at, or email

Federal employees may designate Home School Foundation as their CFC recipient by using code 2099.

The foundation's mission is to preserve parental freedoms, promote homeschooling, provide assistance to needy homeschooling families, and support like-minded organizations.