The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XXI, NUMBER 3
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May / June 2005


FEATURES
Nourishing your special needs child

What Does HSLDA consider a special need?

HSLDA cares about special needs families

The Special Needs Fund

How Can I Help?

Helpful Resources
20-year tribute

Homeschool leader comments

DEPARTMENTS
Doc’s Digest
From the heart

Opportunities abound

For more information

HSF Mission Statement

From the director
Across the states
Active cases
Around the globe
Members only
About campus

Patrick Henry College dominates moot courts
President's page

ET AL.

On the other hand: a contrario sensu

Prayer & praise

HSLDA social services contact policy/A plethora of forms

HSLDA legal inquiries


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FROM THE HEART

Opportunities abound

Within the homeschooling community, many tired, poor, but persistent families are tenaciously clinging to the hope and freedom they have found in teaching their kids at home. As we've learned of these courageous families' circumstances, the Home School Foundation has stretched and grown to help them. We've been able to breath new life into the hopes and dreams of special needs kids, parents facing persecution in other countries, families in desperate financial circumstances, and others who just need a little encouragement. We hope you'll be encouraged to know that together we're making a difference.

Supporting special needs
Over 515 families contributed a total of $46,976.78 to the Home School Foundation's Special Needs Children's Fund between April 2004 and March 2005. With these funds, the foundation was able to assist 55 families, often making it possible for children to receive costly diagnostic evaluations their parents could not otherwise afford. We are expecting a significant increase in the number of grant requests this year, as more homeschooling families become aware of the help we are able to offer.

Helping German families
Since HSLDA first made our members aware of the need, American families have been faithfully supporting German homeschoolers. Over $70,000 has been raised through the Foundation to defray legal costs and help establish a German legal defense association. In addition, American homeschoolers have joined with homeschoolers in South Africa, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries to contact German embassies, urging officials to respect the right of parents to homeschool.

Partnering with curriculum providers
Christian Liberty Academy has entered into an agreement with the Home School Foundation to help needy families overseas. In sympathy with struggling families in countries hostile to homeschooling, HSF and Christian Liberty Academy will equally divide the costs of providing curriculum for qualified families. If you know of other curriculum providers who would be interested in offering their services or products at a discount to help homeschoolers in need, please let us know.

Meeting emergency needs
If you know of a homeschooling family facing a desperate financial situation as the result of a natural disaster or other emergency, the Home School Foundation may be able to help through our Compassion and Members Helping Members Funds. Call HSF or have the family contact us, and we will investigate how we can help.

For more information

For contribution or application information, or to request a brochure describing all of our funds, contact us at 540-338-8899, visit online at http://www.homeschoolfoundation.org, or email info@homeschoolfoundation.org.

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


From the director

In Emma Lazarus' poem, The New Colossus, she penned the now famous words, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

These words powerfully conveyed the message that America was a great country willing to give a chance to those on whom others had given up. I can't help but think that through the Foundation, homeschoolers are demonstrating the compassionate, generous spirit Emma Lazarus described.

Within many homeschooling parents there is a yearning to find a little mercy, a little help to continue on in their efforts to teach their kids at home. A widowed father wrote recently:

The children and I are still awed by our Father's reminder of the depth of compassion and breadth of community in His "forever family." That reminder arrived recently in our mailbox in the form of your kind note and the Foundation's gift. We want to thank you not only for your kind and trusting action toward us, but also for your vision of the role of mercy—the vision that set the Foundation in place.

Through the gracious contributions of friends like you, the Foundation is extending a message of encouragement to the many weary and poor within the homeschool community. Thanks for making this work of mercy possible!

Chuck Hurst, Executive Director

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