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September 21, 2007

After Social Worker Closes Case, Family ‘Spreads the Word!’

The Boda family was quite alarmed when they received a visit from a Grand Junction social worker. However, they would not allow the social worker in their home, and did not comply with the social worker’s request to interview their children. Instead, they promptly called the Home School Legal Defense Association for help.

HSLDA Attorney Chris Klicka spoke with the social worker on behalf of the Bodas. Klicka learned that the social worker had received a tip that Mr. and Mrs. Boda were abusing their children due to severe discipline. The allegations were completely bogus.

After consulting with the Bodas, Klicka learned that an upset relative had been harassing the Bodas for some time, and was simply using the system to try to hurt them. Klicka advised them to provide the social worker with references and have their doctor examine the children in order to prove that there were no signs of physical abuse.

Klicka drafted a letter to the social worker explaining that the family was innocent (as proved by the letters and doctor’s statement), and that the family wanted to minimize the trauma to their family by declining the social worker’s request to enter their home and to interview their children. In order to resolve the matter, however, Klicka told the social worker that he could set up a time to come by the Boda’s home and talk to them on their doorstep.

After hearing from HSLDA, the social worker came by, striking a very conciliatory tone! She let slip that the allegation was “from a long time ago” and admitted it was an “anonymous tip.” Then she announced she was closing the case. Mr. Boda stayed outside and even chatted with her about the many benefits of homeschooling.

Mrs. Boda said she was “so thankful for HSLDA” and she exclaimed they “can’t be thankful enough!” She said her family prays for HSLDA all the time.

She ended by saying she “spreads the word wherever she goes about the importance of joining and supporting HSLDA.” Mrs. Boda remarked with a chuckle that “they got just about everybody in church signed up with HSLDA!”

HSLDA Social Services Contact Policy

We desire to advise our members in every contact with a social worker and/or police officer in investigations resulting from allegations of abuse or neglect. If homeschooling is an issue, we will represent our member families until the issue is resolved. On Fourth Amendment unreasonable search and seizure issues, HSLDA will advise our members whenever the privacy of their home is violated by forced or coerced entry for the purpose of an unsubstantiated investigation. HSLDA membership benefits do not extend to court actions resulting from non-homeschooling matters. However, in circumstances where there is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment, HSLDA may, as we have done in the past, choose to take the case in an effort to establish legal precedent.