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Social Worker Goes Beyond Rogue to Prevent Parents from Homeschooling

Beware of social workers with personal agendas. They tend to think their position gives them the authority to exert their personal agendas on others without any regard if they have the legal authority to do so.

I worked with a young man who was the happy father of twin boys. When his twins were 11 months old, his wife found one of them dead when she checked on them one morning. Mike instantly started performing CPR on his lifeless son while his wife called 9-1-1. When paramedics arrived, they tried to revive the infant to no avail.

Before the coroner could determine a cause of death or before Mike and his wife had a chance to process the loss of their precious son, a social worker showed up to investigate and quickly determined that the baby’s death was Mike’s fault and based on her quick decision, Mike was ordered out of the home and was not allowed any contact with his wife or other son. Needless to say, that really sent him and his wife reeling.

Mike obtained an attorney, which ended up costing him virtually every penny he had, to fight for his rights. After 8 months of legal fighting, the coroner ruled the boy’s death was a case of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and that there was no evidence of abuse. Mike was finally allowed to return home. During the course of the legal battle with social services, Mike’s attorney found out that the social worker handling his case hated men in general and blamed a male figure in over 90% of her cases.

I also know a former social worker who told me that they have little to no training, are paid very poorly and given more cases than they can handle. She said that a number of social workers made snap decisions, often based on their own prejudices just to close a case so they could move to another case and satisfy the pressure of their bosses.

With that in mind, I can’t help but wonder if the social worker in the case related below is one of those who allows her personal biases to influence how she does her job.

The Homeschool Legal Defense Association, HSLDA, recently reported on a family with two sons in the Massapequa Union Free School District in New York. Both of their sons have chronic illnesses that prevents them from physically attending school on a regular basis. They are both under the care of doctors who have been treating them and trying to diagnose the cause of their illness. The doctors have been providing necessary documentation to the school district.

Since they have been unable to attend school, the school accommodated the boys with their homebound instruction program. However, there have been times that the boys’ health has been so bad that they weren’t up to the homebound schooling. Consequently, last December, the school notified Child Protective Services, charging the parents of educational neglect. The school already had all of the boys’ medical information and were familiar with their situation. The parents had just received a diagnosis of what was wrong with their sons and had started treatment, but they still sent CPS to investigate.

Even though this case with the school and CPS was finally settled in March, the school filed another charge against the parents in April, again involving CPS. At this point, the parents decided to start homeschooling their boys and contacted HSLDA for advice in how to go about it informing the school in accordance with New York laws. They followed their advice to the letter, but the social worker insisted that they first file homeschool instructional plans before they could formally withdraw the boys from public school and start homeschooling.

The parents again contacted HSLDA who stepped in on their behalf and worked with the school so that the parents could start homeschooling, but again, the social worker tried to block it from happening. HSLDA then contacted the social worker to inform her of New York state law regarding homeschooling. Believe it or not, the social worker still refused to give her consent to allow the parents to homeschool.

Fortunately, HSLDA attorneys pointed out to the parents that in this case, the social worker has no legal authority to prevent them from homeschooling. He contacted the attorney for the school district who agreed with the HSLDA attorney and things appeared to be finally worked out to allow the parents to begin homeschooling.

The bottom line is that social workers are not the supreme law of the land and sometimes exceed their authority for whatever reason, including the exertion of their own personal opinions. My advice for what it’s worth, is to check with an attorney, or even with HSLDA, if you have any dealings with social workers and your child’s education. Don’t just accept their edicts blindly.

 

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Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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