April 17, 2003
More Contacts in Michigan

An "Isolated" Child?
An anonymous tipster told the Empire Child Protective Services that Mr. and Mrs. Franklin's daughter was not being properly socialized and was "isolated" by homeschooling. This Home School Legal Defense Association member family contacted our office for help.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka explained to the social service agent that these allegations were false and supplied references who could vouch for the parents' responsible care of their child. The girl was thriving in her homeschooling program and was active with a local weekly science class, 4-H club, church, and other youth-related activities. She had just taken two trips during the last two weekends to other states.

In the face of clear evidence disproving the allegations, the social workers dropped the case.

No Interview Needed
Macomb Child Protective Services contacted the St. Johns, a member family in Macomb County, concerning anonymous allegations that the father had a serious kidney illness and was not receiving sufficient care. On our member's behalf, HSLDA attorney Chris Klicka explained to CPS that Mr. St. John was not only receiving good care, but could care for himself. Suspicious that the daughter was caring for her father rather than homeschooling, CPS insisted on interviewing her privately. HSLDA established that the allegations were false, providing documentation and a letter describing the law and the Fourth Amendment limitations of CPS. CPS finally closed the case.

False Allegations
In Dowagiac, an anonymous tipster accused the Merrill family of having a messy home, using drugs, and neglecting the medical condition of their daughter. After CPS attempted several times to visit the home to enter and interview the child, the Merrills asked HSLDA for assistance. HSLDA provided alternative evidence that the allegations were false and CPS closed the case as "unfounded."