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September 6, 2001
Department of Children's Services v. Mr. & Mrs. B
Child Protective Services petitions court for temporary custody order

Filed: April, 2001, Jefferson County.

Nature of Case: The three adopted special-needs children of Mr. & Mrs. B were removed by social workers in response to a report of neglect made by an Orkin pest control inspector and his assistant. At the mandatory hearing (required to be held within 72 hours of the removal from the home), HSLDA appeared on behalf of the family. Mr. and Mrs. B testified on their behalf that the 12-year-old child's condition was due to her significant medical, developmental, and behavioral problems. The court agreed that the two younger children should be returned, but not the 12-year-old. On the subject of home education, Mrs. B testified that the children are enrolled with Family Christian Academy, and that she provides records of attendance to the school on a semi-annual basis. The court opined that he is concerned that the special needs of these children are going unmet. The court ordered a psycho-educational evaluation of the children and expressed his skepticism regarding their home education.

Status: At the judicial review on September 4, 2001, the parties agreed that the neglect charges against the family will be dismissed and the two younger special-needs children will continue to be home educated. The 12-year-old daughter remains in the public school she was attending at the time the neglect charges were filed.

Last Updated: September 6, 2001.

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