Any question. Any time. Anything homeschool.
You’re committed to your children’s best. We’re committed to you.
We know homeschool law. As a parent you have the right to homeschool your children in all 50 states. If you're having trouble making sense of those laws or understanding your legal rights, we can help. Every day we help our members respond to overreaching officials. And we stand ready to defend your homeschool against unlawful attacks.
It is such a tremendous feeling of peace to know reliable answers specific to your state are a call away; and in an emergency HSLDA has your back.
Legal Benefits for Members
- 40 years of trusted legal advice
- Ask any legal question related to your homeschool
- We'll send letters, make calls, and represent you in court if needed.
- No scheduling. Contact our legal team by phone or email.
- For emergencies, contact our live, 24/7 on-call support
- Membership includes your entire family
- Access to state-specific attorney designed documents and forms
No. In general, homeschooling only becomes an issue in a divorce case when the parents cannot agree with each other about the children’s education, and it is typically only one of the many issues over which parents disagree. HSLDA supports the right of parents to determine how their children are educated and therefore does not choose sides if one parent wants to homeschool and the other does not.
When a divorce occurs after the parents have joined HSLDA as a married couple, and the parents disagree on homeschooling, HSLDA cannot ethically represent either member against the other due to the conflict of interest between the parents.While HSLDA does not represent families in custody disputes, we can provide a free information packet containing research on domestic and custody cases involving homeschooling. Contact us to request the packet.
It depends. HSLDA’s emphasis is maintaining and advancing the freedom of homeschoolers from public school oversight. Accordingly, HSLDA generally does not use our resources to force public school districts to allow homeschool access.Some states, however, have adopted statutes granting homeschoolers a right to access public school resources. In those circumstances, HSLDA will assist its members in obtaining access to those services to the extent allowed by law.
It depends. Special education refers to instruction or assistance in traditional academic areas such as math and language arts. 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. Under federal regulations, homeschooled students are entitled to seek related services in states where homeschools are considered to be private schools.Because HSLDA’s emphasis is on guarding the freedom of homeschoolers from public school oversight, we generally do not help homeschooled students obtain access to special education in public schools. HSLDA may, however, assist member families seeking related services if they live in a state where homeschools are considered private schools. You can learn about your state’s provisions here.
Generally, yes. HSLDA’s mission of making homeschooling possible extends to helping families whose decision to homeschool subjects them to suspicions of abuse or neglect.
Many reports to child protective services (CPS) arise from a misunderstanding about homeschooling—a neighbor may see children playing outside during school hours and think that the parents are allowing them to be truant. CPS investigators and law enforcement personnel then insist they be allowed to interview the children and search the family’s home without a warrant. And if the parents are hesitant about allowing the interview or home visit, the investigators may use threats of removing the children to get the parents to comply.
We agree with what the US 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.”
Because the right to be secure in your home is essential to your right to homeschool, we generally assist our members in an initial contact with CPS investigators to ensure that their constitutional rights are protected.
Once the initial contact is over, HSLDA’s ability to continue assisting you depends on several factors, including whether the investigation is predominated by nonhomeschooling issues outside our mission. As with all litigation matters, we assess these factors on a case-by-case basis.
No. Because our mission is to make homeschooling possible, we focus our efforts on supporting homeschool families—that is, families who are currently homeschooling or who are withdrawing their children from public school to begin homeschooling. Since transferring into public school is outside our emphasis, we do not assist members in disputes with public schools over what credits they will accept or whether they require prospective students to take placement tests.
One-on-one homeschool coaching. 100% complimentary.
Tailored advice unique to your situation.
This is not generic one-size-fits-all support. Our Educational Consultants know the ins and outs of homeschooling—specializing in getting started, learning disabilities, and high school. We have helped thousands of moms like you. No question is too difficult.
Help for the everyday parts of homeschooling.
Need tips for organizing your day? Help with a challenging subject? Trying to find the right curriculum? Juggling real life and school? Looking to connect with others? Find new ideas you would never think of on your own. Get real answers to real questions.
No judgment. No worries.
Just compassionate support from highly trained moms who've homeschooled their own kids and walked in your shoes. Together we’ll help you become confident in your ability to homeschool well.
More support. More influence. Because of you.
Together we can do more. Hundreds of families contact us every week. Many facing hostility from school officials or discrimination from colleges and employers. Dozens more are struggling to homeschool through hard times. Will you join us in helping them? Being a member is more than support and protection for you. It’s a statement of solidarity. Together we’re making homeschooling possible for each other.
Thanks to you, we are protecting homeschool freedom
- Working with state groups to monitor homeschool laws
- Educating local officials on what the law requires
- Protecting the future of homeschooling
- Defending homeschoolers through litigation when necessary
- Supporting the efforts of local and state homeschool groups
- Sending alerts when action is needed on legislation
- Standing with parents at local school board meetings
You give hope to struggling families
- Homeschool grants for families going through hard times
- Helping widows, single parents, military families and other low-income families afford materials and curriculum
- Offering assistance to families teaching a child with disabilities to afford required diagnostic testing, educational therapies, and specialized equipment
- Providing emergency relief for families recovering from natural or home disasters like fires, storms, and mold
HSLDA gives me the feeling that my family is important. Being a member feels natural as if we’re all extended family with the same goals.
Thank you for helping me know that whatever might come my way on our homeschooling journey that I don’t have to face it alone.
Everything you get with HSLDA membership.
- Legal representation if your homeschool is taken to court Included
- Attorney consultation about any homeschool question Included
- Help understanding and complying with your state's homeschool law Included
- 24/7 hotline for emergency legal assistance Included
- One-on-one homeschool coaching Included
- Guidance preparing transcripts and college applications Included
- Help with creating Student Education Plans for special needs Included
- A full year of The Home School Court Report magazine Included
- State alerts when new legislation affects your homeschoolIncluded
- Attorney-designed forms for submitting paperwork Included
- Templates and how-tos for high school transcripts Included
- Member savings from over 30 national companies Included
- Legal analysis of the homeschool law for all 50 states Included
1,510 families signed up in the last month alone.