More and more frequently, homeschoolers are turned in on child abuse hotlines to social service agencies. Individuals who do not like homeschoolers can make an anonymous phone call to the child abuse hotline and fabricate abuse stories about homeschoolers. The social worker then has an obligation to investigate. Each state has a different policy for social workers, but generally, they want to come into the family’s home and speak with the children separately. To allow either of these to occur involves great risk to the family.

The homeschool parent, however, should be very cautious when an individual identifies himself as a social worker. In fact, there are several tips that a family should follow. 

The HOME SCHOOL LEGAL DEFENSE ASSOCIATION has created a document that every homeschool family should be familiar with before the knock on the door.