August 13, 2001

Tennessee CPS Urges Public School Order

After home schooling seven of their own children through high school graduation, Mr. and Mrs. G adopted several special needs children, whom they are home schooling under an umbrella school in Tennessee.

Due to problems they encountered with one of their adopted children, Child Protective Services became involved. At a hearing in juvenile court, the court-appointed guardian ad litem, backed by CPS, insisted that the child be placed in public school, rather than continue to be home schooled. However, the guardian failed to produce any evidence that the home schooling program was harming the student, and the therapist who examined the child testified against placing the youth into public school.

The judge has not yet ruled on this issue. Home School Legal Defense Association is assisting our member family to persuade the judge to rule that home schooling is best for their child.

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In the Matter of Makala G

HSLDA's CPS Policy Statement