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Homeschool Family Accused of Letting TV Replace Schoolwork
A Georgia Home School Legal Defense Association member family recently received an unexpected visit from a social worker. The social worker explained that he had received an anonymous tip alleging that the family was not educating their children, allowing them instead to watch videos all day. The family did not allow the social worker into their home, but did allow the social worker to meet their children out on the front porch, at which time the children voluntarily showed the social worker their daily schoolwork.
The member family had been aware for some time that a certain neighbor disapproves of and dislikes their family. They were certain the tip had come from this neighbor and sure that showing the social worker the children’s schoolwork would resolve the investigation.
Unfortunately, the social worker told them he would still have to check with his supervisor before he could close the case. The family turned to HSLDA for help. Senior Counsel Chris Klicka sent a letter to the social worker and explained that the family had already gone above and beyond by allowing the social worker to meet the children and see the children's schoolwork. Klicka assured the social worker that these accusations had come from a malicious neighbor who only wanted to hurt the family.
Klicka then explained that the family was homeschooling under the Georgia homeschool statute and fulfilling all of its requirements—that the children were thriving in the homeschool environment and are very successful academically. Klicka urged the social worker to close the case, and the family has not heard from the social worker since.
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.