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2/5/2008 2:59:05 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Calls Needed Immediately to Prevent Social Worker Court Abuse

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Virginia--Calls Needed Immediately
to Prevent Social Worker Court Abuse

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Calls are needed immediately to stop two bills that will allow
non-attorney social workers to file court actions against parents.

For 25 years, Home School Legal Defense Association has protected
parents and children from social workers who brazenly--and
wrongly--claimed that the 4th Amendment did not apply to them. But at
least the social worker's attorney had to put his signature on the
line before they could go to court and ask a judge to issue a warrant
to take a child away from his parents, search a home, etc. There was
always a chance that a more objective--and better
educated--prosecuting attorney or social services attorney would put
the brakes on an overzealous social worker, and thus protect the
family from gross violation of their rights. This was an important
layer of protection for families.

H.B. 1382 and the Senate version, S.B. 788, would wipe out that layer
of protection and let anyone working for the Department of Social
Services ask a judge for a warrant to take a child away from his
parents, or one of many other types of court actions that can be filed
against parents. A vote is expected on both bills on Thursday morning.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your Virginia delegate and your Virginia senator
immediately and ask them to oppose this bill. Your message to your
delegate can be as simple as:

"Please vote NO on H.B. 1382. Allowing people not educated in the law
to file social services court actions will result in greater violation
of the rights of parents and children."

Your message to your senator can be as simple as:

"Please vote NO on S.B. 788. Allowing people not educated in the law
to file social services court actions will result in greater violation
of the rights of parents and children."

Use our Legislative Toolbox to find your delegate and senator:
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox

BACKGROUND

Because lawyers have been educated in the law, they have a much more
thorough understanding of the justice that is required in our
constitutions and statutes. Although lawyers are advocates, they also
have a broader duty to uphold justice. They can lose their license to
practice law if they fall short. Prosecutors are held to a higher
standard than a layman when they initiate a prosecution. Mere social
workers are held to a lower standard because they do not have this
education.

Since social workers are held to a lower standard, it is inevitable
they will cause more violations of the rights of parents and children.
It is the citizens who will suffer. In many cases, there is no way to
redress an injustice.

As important as policemen are, we don't let policemen take citizens to
court. We want that function performed by someone trained in the
law--a commonwealth's attorney. These bills are tantamount to letting
policemen take citizens to court.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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