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2/17/2006 3:50:15 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Washington--More Calls Needed to Hold CPS Responsible

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February 17, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We need you to continue to call in opposition to House Bill 3148. If
this bill passes, it would prevent social workers and other state
agents from being civilly liable during an investigation of abuse or
neglect.

HSLDA believes that all child abuse or neglect should be prosecuted to
the fullest extent. However, over the years we have defended thousands
of homeschool families who were falsely accused of child neglect. If
this bill passes social workers would not be held accountable for
their conduct during a child abuse or neglect investigation.

We need your calls to keep social workers accountable. Please call and
email your representative and urge them to oppose H.B. 3148 . Please
forward this email to friends and family.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call and email your representative in the House and give
them this message in your own words:

"Please oppose House Bill 3148. This bill removes the presumption that
parents act in their child's best interest and removes necessary
accountability for social workers.

I believe that anyone who abuses or neglects a child should be
prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I also believe that DSHS
has a vital part to play in helping abused children. However, removing
the possibility of civil liability for violating a family's rights
during an investigation is not in the best interest of the citizens of
this state.

Please ensure that House Bill 3148 is defeated."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler; instead you can identify
yourself as a concerned parent and taxpayer. Representatives
Darneille, Roberts, and Kagi are the original sponsors of H.B. 3148.

To find the contact information for your representative in the House
please go to HSLDA's legislative toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox and enter your ZIP code.

BACKGROUND:

While the bill has been amended to only provide immunity to "good
faith" acts or omissions during the investigation, this is not
sufficient. Instead, social workers should be held accountable for all
acts or omissions while conducting their investigation.

Additionally, H.B. 3148 limits the duty of a social worker to conduct
a reasonable investigation of child abuse or neglect. A social worker
would have no duty to the parents or other children to conduct a
reasonable investigation.

In recent years there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of
homeschool families that have been investigated by social workers,
many for completely false allegations anonymously phoned in from
disgruntled relatives or neighbors.

As a result of the abuses of the child welfare system, HSLDA is
working to reform the child welfare laws in the states. We support
legislation which would protect families by forcing social workers to
abide by the same laws regular law enforcement officials must obey.
HSLDA attorneys also work constantly to represent our member families
who are undergoing social services investigations for exercising their
right to homeschool.

HSLDA believes child abuse is a terrible crime and that true abusers
should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. However, about
60% of abuse and neglect reports are deemed unfounded upon
investigation. If social workers are able to act without concern for
potential civil liability our concern is that they will disregard the
rights of parents and the importance of the family unit and even
greater injustices will occur.

For more information on social worker investigation and legislative
reform, please go to http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2843 .

If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight
for greater homeschool freedom in Washington please visit
http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp . From now until March 18th you
can save an additional $15 to $30 if you join or renew online.

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Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Washington.

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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