June 9, 2010

Snooping Expedition Halted

While her husband was out of the country, Tammy’s youngest child had a medical emergency. While she rode the ambulance to the hospital, a policeman stayed and watched her other children.

But after the medical emergency was over, she discovered that the policeman or perhaps a paramedic had reported her to social services for a messy house. That issue was quickly and easily resolved, but then the social worker demanded the name of the family pediatrician.

Tammy (name changed to protect her privacy), a member of HSLDA, called for help. The only allegation against the family was in connection with a messy house. There was no allegation that the family was not providing appropriate medical care. There was no rational reason to demand access to the family’s pediatrician.

Tammy chose to tell the social worker she was not comfortable giving her access to the family’s pediatrician. The social worker soon left, and that is the last the family has seen of her.

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.