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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.

Parents can homeschool their adopted children.

If you are a foster parent, the option of homeschooling may be determined by your caseworker or a juvenile court judge.

No, you don't! While some states have a special homeschooling option for parents who are certified teachers, no state requires that every homeschooling parent be a certified teacher.

In fact, research has found little difference between the academic achievement of homeschooled students whose parents were certified teachers and those whose parents were not. They both scored on average much higher than their counterparts in public school.

However, be aware that some states require homeschool parents to meet certain qualifications (such as having a high school diploma or its equivalent). You can find homeschool laws (including any qualification requirements) for all 50 states and US territories on our interactive legal map.

Yes, and often parents find that the homeschool setting allows their children to thrive! There are many resources available—from diagnostic testing and specialized curriculum to supportive or therapeutic services and more. HSLDA’s Special Needs Consultants are available to assist members with questions and support.


Senators Seek to Free Cuban Homeschool Parents

As of June 12, 2019, as the US Senate prepares a resolution calling on Cuba to inject freedom into its society and release jailed homeschoolers, more parents have been imprisoned for homeschooling in the Caribbean nation.

CPS: “Good Work, Parents!”

A CPS investigator checking up on an HSLDA member family could see that the children were thriving—and complimented the parents for doing a good job.

Parents Homeschool for Good Reasons

This next installment of our HSLDA Responds series unpacks the many reasons behind parents' decisions to homeschool, backed by research and the personal experience of a 2nd generation homeschooling dad.

Harvard Panel: Homeschool Parents Share Success Stories

After six weeks of reports from academics, a Harvard conference on home education gave homeschooling parents the last word.

For Family Rights, NGO

For Family Rights is an NGO that works to protect parental rights in Russia, including the right of parents to choose home education for their children.

Ohio 08 School Report to Parents Sample Letters

If you choose to homeschool as a non-chartered, non-tax supported ("08") school in Ohio, you can model your required "Report to Parents" letter and cover letter after these samples.

Is Homeschooling a Good Fit for My Child?

Great question! Why not hear from someone who's living the experience? Find out what homeschooling parents and students have to say...

Johansson Family Back in Court

Swedish Officials Again Seek to Terminate Parents’ Custody of Domenic

Family Execution—Swedish Style

Appeals Court Reversal Stuns Parents of Boy Seized by the State

Inaugural “Indaba” Brings Hope to African Homeschoolers

Homeschool parents and students shared their successes to inspire and inform one another.