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2/16/2005 1:09:01 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wyoming--Calls Needed Now To Protect Parental Rights

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February 16, 2005


Wyoming--Calls Needed Now To Protect Parental Rights


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We need your calls now! Senate File 39 is scheduled to be voted on
tomorrow, February 17, 2005 on the House Floor. This bill includes
HSLDA's amendment requiring social workers to inform those being
investigated of the specific allegations made against them. However,
there is one problem, and we need your help to solve it before this
bill is signed into law.

The House Judiciary Committee amended this bill on Tuesday, February
15, and reduced the rights of parents whose children have been taken
into temporary protective custody by the government. The bill, as
amended, now requires officials to "make reasonable efforts, WHEN IT
IS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD, to inform the parent... that
the child has been taken into temporary protective custody" [emphasis
added].

This is a problem. Imagine how you would feel if you left a teenager
alone at home while you went to the store and you returned to an empty
house. Under the current version of SF 39 a social worker would
decide whether it would be in the child's best interest to inform you
about why your child was missing. This is intolerable.

Representative Watt will offer an amendment on the House floor to
correct this problem. His amendment will replace the current language
in SF 39 with a requirement that officials "make reasonable efforts,
UNLESS ORDERED OTHERWISE BY A COURT WITH JURISDICTION OVER THE MATTER,
to inform the parent... that the child has been taken into temporary
protective custody." This amendment will ensure that courts, not
social workers, decide whether a parent is informed about their own
children.


ACTION REQUESTED

1) Please call your own Representative and urge him or her to vote
"Yes" on the Watt Amendment to SF 39 when it comes to the House floor.
Please give your Representative this message, "Parents need to know
where their children are. Don't let social workers take children from
their homes without letting parents know why they are missing!" To
find your own Representative, go to HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox/ .

Sincerely,


Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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