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2/26/2010 4:43:55 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
West Virginia: Immediate Action Needed to Help Protect West Virginia Families!

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February 26, 2010

West Virginia: Immediate Action Needed
to Help Protect West Virginia Families!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Delegate Daryl Cowles has introduced several bills that would protect
families from unreasonable government intrusion into the family. One
of these bills, House Bill 4480, provides that prosecuting attorneys
have the right and responsibility to represent the public interest in
protecting abused and neglected children when their position conflicts
with the position of the Department of Health and Human Resources. If
passed, this bill would help strengthen the parent-child relationship
and protect the right of parents to direct the education and
upbringing of their children. However, with only a few days remaining
in the session, public support is needed to give these bills a fair
hearing. Please take action immediately to protect West Virginian
families.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact Tim Miley, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee,
and ask him to place HB 4480 on the House Judiciary Committee agenda
as soon as possible so it can be voted on by the full House of
Delegates this session. Because this bill affects all West Virginia
families, it is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler.
Give the following message in your own words:

"Please place HB 4480 on the Judiciary Committee agenda as soon as
possible as well as Delegate Cowles' other bills designed to provide
additional protections for West Virginia children and families. HB
4480 is important to protect families from unreasonable state
interference and intrusion. It will help to ensure that the public
interest is considered when the Department of Health and Human
Resources investigates West Virginia families. The public interest is
currently not taken into consideration by prosecuting attorneys who
simply represent the Department's interest."

Delegate Tim Miley - Judiciary Committee Chair
(304) 340-3252
Tim.miley@wvhouse.gov

BACKGROUND

Parents play an irreplaceable role in the lives of their children. The
vital child-parent relationship has been shown to positively impact a
child's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. For generations,
the right of parents to raise their children has been continually
upheld by Supreme Court jurisprudence and is deeply valued by millions
of American families. However, parental rights are being eroded and
parents, in many ways, are becoming "second class citizens" as lower
courts elevate the power of the state to supersede the wisdom of
parents.

In recent years, it has become frighteningly common for homeschoolers
to be wrongfully accused of abuse and neglect on hotlines to state
child welfare departments. Individuals who do not like homeschoolers
can simply make an anonymous phone call and fabricate abuse stories
about their neighbors. Social workers, who then have a duty to
investigate, attempt to follow a one-size-fits-all approach regardless
of whether allegations are true or not. Statistics show that up to 60
percent of children removed from their homes by social workers were
taken away from their parents without probable cause of abuse. For
more information about parental rights visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7768 .

HSLDA desires to assist its member families when they are contacted by
social service agencies and maintains a hotline that members may call
at any time if they are having an interaction with police, social
workers, or other state officials regarding homeschooling or their
fundamental constitutional rights.

For more information on legislation in West Virginia visit:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=7769 .

We are standing with you to defend your freedom!

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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