Looking back over the years, it is amazing to see how the homeschool movement has grown and developed, and how God has led HSLDA to where we are today. HSLDA started with a handful of member families in 1983. Mike Farris worked from his home in Olympia, Washington, and Mike Smith from his law office in Santa Monica, California. Shortly thereafter, Farris was hired to head up the legal department for Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C. He moved his family east, and the HSLDA office relocated to Fort Worth, Texas.
In 1984, attorney Jordan Lorence was hired to work two part-time jobs; one half of his time was devoted to HSLDA, the other half to CWA. At that time, HSLDA’s membership records were transferred from Fort Worth to Washington, D.C.
DEFENDING HOMESCHOOLERS IS
NOT JUST A JOB FOR US.
IT IS OUR VERY WAY OF LIFE
AND OUR HEARTFELT CONVICTION.
Within a year, our membership had grown to the point that a real office and a full-time staff were needed. Melinda Allen was HSLDA’s first full-time employee, followed by the late Christopher Klicka who was hired as executive director to handle membership services and legal contacts. Mike Farris was full-time by the fall of 1986, and Mike Smith by March 1987.
Today, Home School Legal Defense Association employs over 100 staff members in both full and part-time positions. Our office is now located in Purcellville, Virginia, about 50 miles west of Washington, D.C.
All 10 of HSLDA’s attorneys are homeschooling parents or graduates. Over 30 homeschool graduates work for us in various staff positions and many other employees are current or retired homeschooling parents. Defending homeschoolers is not just a job for us. It is our very way of life and our heartfelt conviction.
Although HSLDA has changed over the past 30 years—in terms of the size of our membership and staff and our physical location—our original vision and purpose remain unchanged. HSLDA exists expressly for the purpose of advocating family and freedom. (See our mission.)
For more on HSLDA’s early history, see Marking the Milestones.
- What is the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)?
- Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and to protect family freedoms. We provide homeschooling-related legal advice and representation to our 84,000+ member families, promote homeschool-friendly legislation at the state and federal levels, and offer information and resources to encourage and support all homeschoolers.
- What legal services does HSLDA provide to members?
The legal help that HSLDA provides to our members ranges from legal advice to full court representation. No matter what services are necessary to help you, there are no further charges of any kind beyond your annual membership dues.
- We answer and advise our members regarding homeschooling-related legal questions, whether you need clarification of your state’s homeschool law or are experiencing conflict or misunderstanding with a government official.
- We correspond on your behalf with government officials who are confused about your state’s homeschool requirements or are outright challenging your right to homeschool.
- If your homeschooling-related situation winds up in court, HSLDA provides full representation at every stage of legal proceedings.
Often, it is HSLDA’s first-response advice and correspondence that prevent a situation from escalating into a full-blown legal problem down the road. A family may consider it extremely unlikely that they will run afoul of a government official, but if initial confusion or misunderstanding is not properly handled, it can quickly spiral into serious legal trouble.
- What other services does HSLDA provide to members?
- HSLDA’s advocacy for homeschoolers extends well beyond legal help. We try to support homeschooling families in many different ways, making homeschooling a more attractive and accessible option for all parents.
Beyond legal services, HSLDA’s member benefits include:
- Members-only website containing detailed information and HSLDA-designed forms to help you comply with your state’s homeschooling regulations
- Specially negotiated member discounts with national vendors through the HSLDA PerX program
- Free personal consultations by phone or email with HSLDA’s qualified, experienced staff of homeschool coordinators, who can answer your specific questions about homeschooling during the Early Years (preschool through middle school), Homeschooling thru High School, and Homeschooling a Struggling Learner
- Member discounts on other HSLDA programs and services, such as @home e-vents, the HSLDA Store, HSLDA Online Academy’s online AP courses, Michael Farris’s online Constitutional Law course, and Generation Joshua membership
- Subscription to The Home School Court Report, HSLDA’s member magazine packed with homeschooling news, tips, and encouragement
- What services does HSLDA provide to nonmembers?
HSLDA relies on memberships to carry out our mission to defend and advance homeschooling and parental rights. However, as part of our desire to encourage and support all homeschoolers, we make valuable information and resources available to nonmembers as well. Even if you are not a member of HSLDA, we hope you’ll benefit from services such as the following:
- HSLDA website, connecting you with news, research, ideas, and other resources to help you homeschool more successfully
- Early Years, Struggling Learner, and High School sections of our website, focusing on these specific areas of homeschooling
- Home School Heartbeat radio program
- HSLDA Store
- HSLDA E-lert Service
Members and nonmembers alike benefit from HSLDA’s legal, legislative, and media advocacy. Anytime favorable legislation is passed or a homeschool family wins a court victory, the freedom of all homeschoolers is strengthened. If you want to be a part of our efforts to help the entire homeschool community, please join with us through membership!
- How much does it cost to join?
A standard membership for a family for one year is $120, with special discounts and payment plans available. You receive homeschooling-related legal advice and representation, along with many other member benefits, for a full year at far less than you would pay for an hour of an attorney’s time almost anywhere else. Find out more here.
- How do I join HSLDA?
To apply online, download an application, or request that an application be mailed to you, click here. You may also request an application by calling 540-338-5600.
- Why do I have to fill out a membership application in order to join?
The membership application and agreement gather a minimal amount of information to ensure that we can provide you with the best representation possible in the event that you need our legal services. View our membership application and agreement here.
- What happens after I submit my application?
Applications are reviewed by the staff of HSLDA’s Membership Department. Your application is either accepted or passed on to the Legal Department for a more detailed review, at which point we may request additional information from your family.
If, after careful review, HSLDA is not able to accept your application, we will promptly notify you with a letter of explanation and will refund your membership dues (minus the rush fee, if applicable). Non-acceptance in no way diminishes your right to homeschool, and does not prevent you from reapplying in the future.
- Will you sell, share, or give out my address information?
No. All information in our member database and on our mail/email lists is kept confidential, including addresses and other personal information. (HSLDA’s charitable arm, the Home School Foundation, shares our database and may send you periodic mailings).
- Is my membership and application information kept confidential?
Yes. All information is confidential—including whether or not you have ever applied for membership, whether or not you are a member, all contact and personal information, information about your family, and any information about legal services you have received. As explained on our application, if you are a member of an HSLDA Discount Group, we will provide your group administrator with periodic reports that include your name, zip code, account number, and membership date in order to assist groups in keeping accurate records.
- I am an HSLDA member. How do I contact HSLDA in a legal emergency?
Immediately call HSLDA at 540-338-5600. If you are calling after hours, follow the emergency instructions given on our phone system’s voice mail greeting.
- How do I contact HSLDA with a non-emergency issue?
Please call us during business hours (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET) at 540-338-5600. Our receptionists will be happy to direct your call to the right staff member. If you are a member of HSLDA, you may also contact us online.
- I would like to homeschool my child. How do I start?
For tips to get you started, visit the You Can Homeschool section of HSLDA’s website or call 540-338-5600 and request our free You Can Homeschool! brochure.
Your local library and the internet are great sources of information about how to homeschool. Please also visit HSLDA’s Homeschool Organizations webpage to connect with homeschool associations in your state that can help you out.
- I do not have a teaching degree or certificate. Can I homeschool my child?
Yes! In all 50 states, parents can legally teach their children at home without a teaching degree or certification. Research and practical experience show that it is dedication and hard work, not special training, that produce outstanding educational results in a homeschool setting.
- Can I homeschool my special needs child?
Yes! Whether your child is physically or mentally disabled or has a specific learning disability or learning block, homeschooling may be the best option to help him or her thrive educationally. You may not be a special education expert, but you are the only expert on your child. To find out more about homeschooling a special needs child or struggling learner, visit the Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner section of HSLDA’s website, or call 540-338-5600 and request our Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner brochure.
- Can I homeschool my high schooler?
Yes, you can! As a parent, you have the most important qualifications for preparing your own teenager for adulthood. Whether your high schooler aims for college, a career, or some other adventure, you can provide a homeschool education that equips him or her for the challenges that lie ahead. Find out more by visiting the Homeschooling thru High School section of HSLDA’s website, or call 540-338-5600 and request our You Can Homeschool thru High School brochure.
- Can I homeschool overseas?
Many foreign countries have specific laws allowing homeschooling, or have very loose compulsory attendance laws that are satisfied by a homeschool program. HSLDA is working hard to change the laws in the few countries that currently do not allow homeschooling, but even in those countries American citizens have experienced few problems with school officials.
If HSLDA members experience any pressure from educational authorities overseas, we will assist them with the situation. While we cannot actually litigate outside of the United States, there are a number of other political and diplomatic measures we can employ.
Families living on a military base overseas are not subject to the education laws of their host country, and therefore can homeschool under U.S. laws.
- Can I homeschool an adopted or foster child?
Parents may homeschool their adopted children. However, if you are a foster parent, the option of homeschooling is determined by your caseworker.
- Can I homeschool someone else’s child?
It depends on the homeschool law for your state (find your state’s law here). Please read it carefully to determine whether you may homeschool a child who is not yours. Even if homeschooling someone else’s child is legal in your state, HSLDA will not defend your right to teach a child other than your own. This is because our mission is to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their own children.
- What is the homeschool law in my state?
Every state’s homeschool law is different. Click here to find a summary of the law for your state.
- Is my child old enough to stay home alone?
In some states, there are legal requirements regarding the age at which children may be left home alone. These requirements vary by state, county, or municipality. During school hours, HSLDA generally requires that children under 14 years of age be supervised. However, it is very important that you know your local and state requirements so that you can comply with them.
Your local Red Cross provides babysitter training and other important information that helps you wisely prepare your older children to stay home alone or supervise younger children.
- Are all legal costs paid for?
After HSLDA undertakes representation, there are no further charges of any kind for members when defending their right to homeschool against government officials. HSLDA pays in full all attorney fees (including those for local attorneys hired to appear with us in any state courts where HSLDA attorneys are not licensed to practice law), expert witness fees, court transcript costs, travel expenses, and all other court costs permissible by state law for us to pay. There are no additional fees or hidden costs.
Please note that member families who choose to consult separately with a non-HSLDA attorney must do so at their own expense.
- Does HSLDA ever refuse legal services to a member?
HSLDA is committed to defending the constitutional right of all our member parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children. Consistent with Internal Revenue Service regulations, we cannot guarantee representation in every case. However, in practice, we come to the aid of our members and many nonmembers whenever possible
Regrettably, there are times when HSLDA must refuse legal services to a member. These include situations where a member is discovered to have misrepresented information on the HSLDA membership application, or where the member has not upheld the membership agreement. View our membership application and agreement here.
- Does HSLDA represent members in social services contacts?
In every contact with a social worker or police officer regarding allegations of abuse or neglect, HSLDA provides assistance and advice to our member families. If the investigation focuses on homeschooling, we will represent you until the matter is resolved. HSLDA membership benefits do not extend to representation should court action result on non-homeschooling matters.
HSLDA has in the past, and may choose in the future, to take cases that are not materially related to homeschooling but in which there has been a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. We reserve the right to accept such cases at our sole discretion.
- Why does HSLDA help member families in the initial stage of a child abuse investigation?
HSLDA’s mission is primarily to advance homeschooling rights, and this extends to helping families whose decision to homeschool subjects them to suspicions of abuse or neglect. For example, sometimes homeschooling parents get reported to child protective services (CPS) simply because the person making the report misunderstands homeschooling—a neighbor may see children playing outside during school hours and think that the parents are allowing them to be truant.
Regardless of whether the report indicates actual abuse is occurring, some social workers and law enforcement personnel follow up any allegation by insisting that they be allowed to interview the children and search the family’s home without a warrant. They may refuse to tell the parents the allegations against them and, if the parents are hesitant about allowing the interview or home visit, may use threats of removing the children to get the parent to comply.
HSLDA agrees with what the United States Court of Appeals said in the Calabretta case: “The government’s interest in the welfare of children embraces not only protecting children from physical abuse, but also protecting children’s interest in the privacy and dignity of their homes and in the lawfully exercised authority of their parents.” However, current child protective services and judicial practice often treats child abuse investigations as an exception to traditional constitutional rules that protect children and parents from unnecessary government intervention, especially during the early stages of a CPS investigation.
HSLDA believes that child abuse investigations should be carried out consistent with the applicable constitutional rules to mitigate the stress and fear felt by parents and children and to direct CPS resources toward pressing child abuse situations.
HSLDA advises our members in these initial contacts with social workers in order to ensure that their constitutional rights are protected. Once the allegations are revealed, we continue to represent our members if the allegations relate to homeschooling.
- If I think a family might be abusing or neglecting their children, can I call HSLDA for advice?
We are always happy to help our members. If you have suspicions of child abuse or neglect, we may be able to assist you as you consider how best to proceed, although the final decision will be left to you. We may be unable to answer questions that are specific in nature, especially if they involve another member family. Because HSLDA is a law firm, when our attorneys speak with our members about legal issues it can create an attorney-client relationship. If a member is calling regarding suspicions about another member family, this potentially causes a conflict of interest for HSLDA.
The information on our Addressing Child Abuse page can also help you think about what action to take if you are concerned about possible abuse in a family.
- Does HSLDA ever represent homeschooling parents when challenged by third parties (grandparents, for example) in visitation and/or custody cases?
Yes. Unlike a custody case between two parents, this is a clear parental rights case. We believe parents have a constitutional right to control the upbringing of their children, without interference from grandparents and other relatives if they so choose, where there is no clear evidence that the parents are placing the child in danger.
- Why can’t HSLDA represent the parent seeking to homeschool in contested custody cases?
HSLDA’s primary mission is to protect parents’ legal right to homeschool from agents of the state. As a general rule, homeschooling only becomes an issue in a divorce case when the parents cannot agree with each other about the children’s education. Rather than the state challenging the parents’ rights, the parents are challenging each other’s rights. It is not for HSLDA to say which parent should be able to determine how the children are educated; if the parents cannot agree, the judge must decide what is best for the children based on the evidence before him.
Additionally, in many instances, the divorce occurs after the parents have joined HSLDA as husband and wife. Because both parents are or have been HSLDA members, we cannot represent an interest contrary to either spouse, even though one may be trying to keep the other from homeschooling.
One exception is if a judge in a divorce case rules that homeschooling is illegal. Because this would have consequences that are statewide, we will defend the legality of home education in that state.
We do provide a free information packet containing research on domestic and custody cases involving homeschooling (download here), and where there is no conflict of interest, we will consult with the member’s personal attorney. For further information, please call HSLDA at 540-338-5600.
- Does HSLDA help its members obtain access to public school facilities and activities?
HSLDA’s board of directors has remained steadfast in focusing our resources on maintaining and advancing the freedom of homeschoolers from public school oversight. Therefore, the board will not allow HSLDA to use our resources to force public school districts to allow homeschool access.
HSLDA takes a neutral position when state legislation is introduced to require public school access for homeschoolers, unless the legislation would impose additional regulations on all homeschool students, not just those participating in the public schools.
For a fuller explanation of this issue, please go to our equal access issue page.
- Does HSLDA help its members obtain access to special education and related services benefits through the public schools?
Special education refers to instruction or assistance in traditional academic areas such as math, language arts, etc. Related services, on the other hand, are aids to a child—like speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. These services indirectly improve a child’s ability to learn, but are separate from traditional academic curricula. HSLDA believes that parents whose children receive related services at a public school are still home educators.
Because HSLDA’s board of directors desires to focus our resources on guarding the freedom of homeschoolers from public school oversight, we cannot help homeschooled students obtain access to special education in public schools. However, HSLDA may assist member families seeking related services that have been denied because of homeschooling. We view this as a basic fairness issue, since according to the U.S. Department of Education, homeschooled students are entitled to related services in states where homeschools are considered to be private schools, but in other states they are not. Information on each state’s provisions is available here.
- If I stop homeschooling, will HSLDA help me persuade public school officials to accept my child's homeschool credits?
It is common for public school districts to disqualify credits of homeschoolers transferring into public high school.
Consistent with our mission to conserve our resources for helping parents who continue to homeschool, we are not able to extend our advocacy to situations where parents are enrolling their students in public school. Please be aware that this limitation extends to public charter school programs.
If you have any questions or concerns on this matter, we urge you to contact us at 540-338-5600.
- Can I receive legal advice without joining HSLDA?
- No. The giving of legal advice by an HSLDA attorney establishes an attorney-client relationship that places upon the attorney certain ethical obligations toward the client. Normally, an attorney would require payment of a retainer to establish this relationship. HSLDA establishes this relationship through membership. Providing legal advice to nonmembers requires a commitment on our part without a return commitment on the part of the client.
- Does HSLDA require its members to be Christians or to use Christian curriculum?
- Our mission is to protect the freedom of all homeschoolers, no matter what their faith background. HSLDA membership is open to all who choose to exercise their fundamental parental right to educate their children at home, regardless of their religious beliefs. Additionally, we place no religious restrictions on member families’ choice of curriculum. View our membership application and agreement here.
- Can I become a member of HSLDA if I don’t use a standard curriculum or consider myself an “unschooler”?
Yes. HSLDA accepts as members families who use a wide variety of homeschooling strategies.
When you sign the membership application, you agree “To keep records of each child’s educational progress.” This is so we can defend you should your homeschooling methods come under scrutiny.
- Can I join if my children are being taught at home through a charter school or public school independent study program?
The mission of Home School Legal Defense Association is to defend the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children. Homeschooling through charter schools or public school independent study programs is actually a form of public education in which the public school directs the education. Thus, it is HSLDA’s longstanding policy not to accept as members families whose children are enrolled in such public school options.
We understand that the financial pressures faced by families today make publicly subsidized educational programs very attractive. While we believe that parents have the right to choose whatever form of education they wish for their children, defending parents who are educating their children via a charter school or public school independent study program does not fall within our mission. For a fuller explanation of HSLDA’s position on this matter, please read our issue analysis here.
Families who need assistance with affording homeschooling materials may apply for a curriculum grant from the Home School Foundation.
- Can I join if I already have legal problems concerning my homeschooling?
We encourage you to apply for HSLDA membership, even if you are experiencing legal problems. While we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accept your application, we would like to help you if possible. Please submit a membership application, and the HSLDA Legal Department will review it carefully. If your application cannot be approved, we will return your payment (rush fees cannot be refunded) and send you a letter of explanation.
HSLDA reserves the right not to approve any membership application. We also reserve the right to revoke membership if any information has been misrepresented.
- Can I join HSLDA if I’m not currently homeschooling?
Yes. Membership is open to most families—even if you have no children, young children, or older ones who have left the nest. Our only exception is if all of a family’s compulsory-attendance-age children are enrolled in a public school, charter school, or public ISP and the family is not planning to homeschool any of them.
To apply online, download an application, or make an online request for an application, click here. You may also request an application by calling 540-338-5600.
- What if I cannot afford the membership dues?
If you cannot afford the $120 membership dues—even with a discount membership or payment plan option—please consider applying for a membership scholarship through the Home School Foundation’s Members Helping Members Fund. Full and partial scholarships are available. To learn more or apply, visit Members Helping Members or call 540-338-8688.
- What if I want to cancel my membership?
If you need to cancel your membership you may contact us by email, mail, or phone. Please include your name and membership account number in your communication and allow 2 business days for us to process your request. Please note that Monthly Auto-Pay members must contact us at least 2–3 business days before their next scheduled payment in order to stop that payment. Annual Auto-Renew members should contact us 3–4 business days before their next scheduled payment to ensure cancellation. We do not offer a refund of your membership dues.
- Is HSLDA a prepaid legal service or legal insurance provider?
No. HSLDA is an advocacy organization that defends and advances the right of parents to homeschool. One component of this advocacy is defending our member families from legal challenges to their homeschooling.The legal services we provide differ significantly from that of a prepaid legal service or legal insurance provider:
- We defend and advance your right to homeschool in many ways, not just legally. For example, we promote homeschool-friendly legislation and offer homeschooling information and resources.
- There is no limit to the legal services we provide when we defend your homeschool. Depending on your situation, we will give legal advice, correspond with government officials on your behalf, write briefs, appear in court, and appeal your case as necessary. No matter what legal services are necessary to completely defend you, there are no further charges of any kind beyond your annual membership dues.
- Your membership dues do not increase if you benefit from our legal services, nor do we drop you as a member.
- Consistent with Internal Revenue Service regulations, we cannot guarantee representation in every case. However, in practice, we come to the aid of our members and many nonmembers to protect and advance the right of all to homeschool.
- What is HSLDA’s organizational structure?
- HSLDA is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, tax-exempt social welfare organization under the rules of the IRS. This means that we are governed by a board and that no profits inure to the benefit of any employees or board members. As a 501(c)(4) we are able to perform lobbying on behalf of the cause of homeschooling. Donations to 501(c)(4) organizations are not tax-deductible.
- Where does the membership money go?
- We are a nonprofit organization, so all membership dues go to the benefit of the association, not to any individuals. No profits inure to the benefit of any employees or board members.
- Is HSLDA a Christian organization?
- Yes. HSLDA’s officers, directors, and employees are Christians who seek to honor God by providing the very highest levels of service in defending homeschooling freedom and equipping homeschoolers. We want every family to have the freedom to direct the education and upbringing of their children, no matter what their creed or religious affiliation. Therefore, we do not make religious beliefs a criterion for membership.
Read HSLDA’s statement of faith
- Does HSLDA promote exclusively Christian homeschool support groups?
- We do not. Through our Group Discount Program, over 1,000 homeschool support groups are able to offer discounted HSLDA services to their members. Religion is not a criterion for group participation in this program.
- Is HSLDA politically active?
- HSLDA’s mission is to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Because of our structure as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, we are permitted to endorse political candidates and to engage in lobbying that is germane to our social welfare purposes. In accordance with this guideline and our mission, we endorse candidates who support homeschooling and parental rights, and we lobby on behalf of homeschooling in state and federal legislatures. HSLDA does not use membership dues to fund any candidate campaign activity.
- What is the HSLDA PAC?
HSLDA PAC is an affiliated federal political action committee created by HSLDA in accordance with federal law. Under federal law, HSLDA may endorse federal candidates in communications to our members and we may solicit our members for contributions to the HSLDA PAC. The PAC is solely funded by these contributions; no HSLDA membership dues are used to fund the PAC. In turn, HSLDA PAC provides the funding that enables homeschooled teens to gain real-life federal campaign experience through Generation Joshua.
- What does HSLDA’s Federal Relations Department do?
The Federal Relations Department (formerly known as the National Center for Home Education) is a department of Home School Legal Defense Association that focuses on federal legislation, grassroots lobbying, and research.
The Federal Relations Department supports state homeschooling leaders and HSLDA members by keeping watch and taking quick action on national homeschool issues. For more information, see About the Federal Relations Department on the Federal Relations website.
- What is the Generation Joshua program?
Generation Joshua, a division of HSLDA, was founded in 2004 to provide homeschooled teenagers with a hands-on education in citizenship and the political process. To achieve this goal, the program has three main components: (1) civics education, (2) nonpartisan political activity, such as voter registration drives, and (3) active involvement in the campaigns of a few candidates prayerfully selected by HSLDA’s board of directors for their character and their positions on issues of importance to our members. (The third component is entirely funded by the HSLDA PAC; no membership dues are used to fund candidate campaign activity.)
- What is the Home School Foundation (HSF)?
The Home School Foundation is HSLDA’s charitable arm that serves to help families homeschool through hard times. HSF provides financial assistance to homeschooling widows, single parents, families with special needs children, and victims of natural disasters, and to homeschool organizations in the U.S. and in foreign countries.
The Home School Foundation
P.O. Box 1152
Purcellville, VA 20134
- What is HSLDA Academy?
HSLDA launched HSLDA Academy in 2009 to make online Advanced Placement (AP) courses available to homeschoolers and other students seeking rigorous academic instruction with a fully integrated Christian worldview. Each course offered by HSLDA Academy is approved by the College Board as an official AP course and prepares students for the corresponding AP exam. More than 90% of U.S. four-year colleges award college credit or advanced placement for qualifying AP exam scores.
HSLDA Academy enjoys a fruitful academic partnership with Patrick Henry College, its administration, and its faculty, several of whom serve as master teachers for HSLDA Online Academy courses.
- What is HSLDA’s relationship to Patrick Henry College (PHC)?
- HSLDA helped found Patrick Henry College in 2000 to prepare future leaders who will promote the principles of liberty through careers of public service and cultural influence. HSLDA and PHC are located on the same land in Purcellville, Virginia. Although HSLDA and PHC have a shared mission, the two institutions are entirely separate and distinct. To find out more about the college, visit its website or call 540-338-1776.
- What is HSLDA’s relationship to ParentalRights.org?
HSLDA founded ParentalRights.org in 2007 as a separate, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to amend the U.S. Constitution to protect parental rights. The two organizations share office space.
- What is HSLDA’s relationship with state and local homeschool organizations?
HSLDA believes that state and local homeschool organizations are vital to the continued success of homeschooling. These organizations are the first line of defense in monitoring legislation and building favorable relationships with governmental bodies. No less important is the work these organizations do in supporting and encouraging homeschooling families by providing them with information, resources, and networks of fellow homeschoolers. We encourage all of our members to join their state organizations in order to benefit from and contribute to these important groups.
In addition to working closely with many groups to monitor legislation that may impact homeschooling, HSLDA offers special group services. On the HSLDA Group Services website, group leaders can find out about offering their families HSLDA membership at a discount through our Discount Group Program, obtaining group insurance, and more. For further information, please email email@example.com.
- How is HSLDA involved with homeschooling in other countries?
Although the bulk of our effort is directed to the United States, HSLDA accepts international members. (We encourage foreign nationals to support their own domestic homeschool organization if there is one.) Our ability to provide our international members with legal and other membership services is limited, but it is expanding as we develop a referral network and build experience with the legal systems of nations where homeschooling is growing.
We seek to be supportive of those who wish to initiate homeschool support organizations in foreign countries, and we are active in reporting international news as we expand our global network of contacts and knowledge base. You can learn more about our work on the international front by visiting our International webpage or contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How can I support HSLDA’s mission?
If you are not already a member of HSLDA, please join! Membership is open to most families, whether or not you are currently homeschooling.
You can also make a tax-deductible donation to the Homeschoolers Defense Fund, administered by the Home School Foundation. The money from this fund goes directly to help the tax-deductible aspects of HSLDA’s work.