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May / June 2005

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Social workers ignore parental rights Two years ago, the federal Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003 was signed by President Bush, instituting new requirements for social workers. This January, Ohio families had further reason to rejoice when the state legislature enacted Senate Bill 185. Drafted by Home School Legal Defense Association Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka, SB 185 chiseled the new federal requirements directly into Ohio law. Now an Ohio social worker who ignores parental rights is violating both state and federal law. That doesn't mean social workers aren't ignoring parents' rights, however. In Cuyahoga County, which has a long history of trampling on family freedoms, social workers are still not trained in the new federal and state requirements. Even though social workers are clearly and explicitly required to tell parents the allegations against them at the initial time of contact, one Cuyahoga social worker insisted, "I'll tell you what the allegations are after you let me in the door." The homeschooler refused, and the social worker walked off without ever explaining what had been alleged.* HSLDA promptly contacted the social worker and her supervisor. After learning of the new federal and state requirements, the social worker revealed the allegations against the family: someone had seen their children alone in a car in a parking lot. When the family provided the age of their oldest child, the social worker promptly closed the investigation as "unfounded." This social worker failed to disclose the allegations because she had no training in the legal or constitutional rights of parents, despite the fact that state and federal law requires it. It may be up to HSLDA members across Ohio to help social workers learn the new law!

— by Scott W. Somerville

* See "HSLDA social services contact policy".