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How to Get Someone in Trouble with a Social Worker

A Home School Legal Defense Association member family heard a relative boast about “how easy it is to get someone in trouble with social services” with just an anonymous phone call.

Soon after, a social worker visited our member family with a bogus referral about the parents physically abusing their children.* Shocked, the family contacted HSLDA for help. HSLDA Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka explained to the social worker that he believed the allegation was made by the same person who had made false allegations against the family in October 2005. Klicka assured the social worker that it was obvious someone was using the system to harass the family, since they were good parents who were providing excellent care for their children.

The social worker was unwilling to close the case until he could enter the family’s home and interview the children separately.

Klicka sent the social worker a letter pointing out how ridiculous the allegation was, but stating that in order to prove the family’s innocence, the children’s doctor would physically examine them to check for child abuse. Furthermore, the family was willing to allow the social worker to stop by their home to talk with the parents and just view the children, but the family was declining the social worker’s request to enter their home and to interview their children separately. Klicka also had the family send the social worker numerous references vouching for their good parenting.

After meeting with the parents and reviewing the reference letters and the doctor’s report, the social worker has left the family alone.

— by Christopher J. Klicka

* See "HSLDA social services contact policy."