From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


7/21/2004 3:47:16 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wyoming--Wyoming Wants Your Opinion!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

July 21, 2004

Wyoming--Wyoming Wants Your Opinion!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

I want to thank everyone who called, wrote, or e-mailed your elected
representatives this past legislative session to defend homeschool
freedom. We have an opportunity to help shape next year's legislative
agenda concerning children and families. I need your help to let the
legislature know what Wyoming children and families really need. The
Children and Families Initiative will work throughout the year to
draft legislation for the 2005 legislative session. This is our
chance to influence their deliberations.


1. The "Children and Family Initiative Survey" provides a real
opportunity to make your priorities known. Please print out the
survey and take some time to think and pray about it. We encourage
parents to discuss the survey questions with their children.

Click here for the survey:

2. Once you have completed the survey, mail a copy to the Department
of Family Services (the mail address is printed at the end of the
survey) and send a copy to HSLDA, if you can. Please mail it to Scott
W. Somerville, HSLDA, PO Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134. By
collecting your responses, we can make sure that the Department does
not ignore your input.

3. Please print out additional copies of the survey for other
interested Wyoming citizens. We encourage you to hand it out to
grandparents, church members, and other family friendly citizens.
Forward this e-mail to other citizens who believe that faith, love,
and freedom are Wyoming's best hope for the future.


During the 2004 legislative session, House Bill 33, the "Children and
Families Initiative," was enacted and signed by the governor. It
specifically outlines that "the Department of Family Services will
develop a comprehensive plan to improve the lives and futures of all
children and families in Wyoming." While HSLDA's members and friends
worked hard to amend House Bill 88, which addressed similar issues,
House Bill 33 was enacted with little controversy.

The stated vision of Wyoming's Department of Family Services is that
"families will assume more responsibility for raising their own
children; communities will assume more responsibility for their own
families; and the Department of Family Services will facilitate both."
It should be clarified that "communities" is not limited to towns,
cities, and county governments, but that churches and other voluntary
associations can and should assume more responsibility for meeting the
needs of their members. Christians, in particular, need to remember
that each of us is "our brother's keeper," and that the church should
be the first responder to family problems. Healthy families and
strong churches can dramatically reduce the need for a "Department of
Family Services."

Question 7 of the survey lists a number of potential problem areas and
says, "From each problem area listed, who would you first turn to for
help[?]" Homeschoolers, in most cases, would list yourself as the
first choice to solve these problems, with "faith based
institutions/churches" as the second most likely choice. Feel free to
list more than one answer on each line in this question, since we
often need a combination of resources to meet our needs.

Question 8 identifies a number of problems facing Wyoming families
today. The survey fails to identify "moral collapse" as a problem.
Feel free to write in additional problems if necessary.

In part 2, Question 5 asks, "Have you had a personal experience with a
non-profit organization like a senior center, domestic violence
shelter, Salvation Army, boys and girls clubs?" Although the question
does not list churches or church ministries, these would qualify as
non-profit organizations of this type. Feel free to write in the name
of the church or para-church ministry that helped you if you have had
a positive experience with such an organization.

If you know churches or para-church ministries that are actively
trying to serve human needs in Wyoming, please make sure they get a
copy of this survey so that they can distribute it to other people in
their community. With your active participation and personal input,
Wyoming has the potential to become one of the best states in the
country for freedom-loving families. Thank you for your participation
in this project!


Scott W. Somerville, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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