From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


1/14/2005 4:41:28 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Ohio--Victory for Families in Ohio!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

January 14, 2005

Ohio--Victory for Families in Ohio!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

HSLDA and Representative Mike Gilb have been working for the last year
on a breakthrough child welfare reform bill in the Ohio Legislature.
As a result, SB 185 passed both chambers and was signed by Governor
Taft on January 10, 2005.

This new law will keep social workers properly chained by the
Constitution and they will be liable if they do not respect the
parental and Fourth Amendment rights of families.

HSLDA developed a plan to pass this law. The child welfare reforms we
advocated were not identified as homeschool issues and were not
attacked for being partisan bills. Representative Gilb quietly worked
behind the scenes. Consequently, the bill passed unanimously in both

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, drafted by Senior Counsel Chris Klicka, requires child
protective services workers to be trained in their duty to protect the
statutory and constitutional rights of those they are investigating.
All social workers in Ohio will now have to be trained on how to
protect families' Fourth Amendment and parental rights.

Furthermore, the new law will require all Ohio social workers to
inform individuals, subject to a child abuse and neglect
investigation, of the complaint or allegation made against them at the
initial time of contact. This will bring an end to a social worker
tactic of concealing the allegations until they get into your home and
interrogate your children.

This bill is based on the federal CAPTA law which HSLDA succeeded in
passing through Congress and has helped enact in 11 other states.

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. Fourth Amendment and parental rights are
often ignored.

HSLDA gives special thanks to the diligent efforts of Bob Reed,
legislative aid to Representative Mike Gilb. He is a homeschool
graduate and worked regularly with HSLDA's Chris Klicka during every
step of the process.

Praise God for this tremendous breakthrough for all families in Ohio!


Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association

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