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3/16/2004 12:11:25 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Child Welfare Reform Signed by Governor

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March 16, 2004


Virginia--Child Welfare Reform Signed by Governor


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The strategy worked! The child welfare reforms we advocated were not
identified as homeschool issues and were not attacked as being
partisan bills. As a result, SB 584 passed both chambers and was
signed by Governor Warner on March 12, 2004.

No doubt many legislators did not realize the importance of these
amendments. They will give HSLDA and innocent families throughout
the state leverage to keep social workers out of their homes.

The bill requires child protective services workers to be trained in
their duty to protect the statutory and constitutional rights of
those they are investigating, and requires child protective services
personnel to advise individuals subject to a child abuse and neglect
investigation of the complaint or allegation made against them.

HSLDA deals with cases on a daily basis where a social worker is
investigating an innocent homeschool family because of false
allegations. These tips, often supplied by those holding a grudge
against home education, are often investigated aggressively. Social
workers frequently demand to conduct physical inspections of
homeschool children or to interview very young children outside the
presence of their parents.

This law will keep social workers properly chained by the
Constitution and they will be liable for making certain they respect
the parental and Fourth Amendment rights of families.

Special thanks to the sponsors Senator William Bolling and Del.
Robert McDonnell for their work in guiding these amendments through
the General Assembly. We also want to thank Joe Guarino, with the
Home Educators Association of Virginia, who secured the sponsors for
this important legislation.


Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association



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