Sarah Morton Henderson, Advocacy & Support Coordinator
Sarah (Morton) Henderson was homeschooled from kindergarten. Her family attended a variety of fundamentalist churches, and took part in various religion based groups including ATIA. She is the second child of a family of nine, and in her tween years, homeschooling stopped completely and she helped raise her younger siblings, as her mother’s health was failing. Her family moved frequently to escape multiple children’s aid investigations triggered by reports of child abuse and educational neglect.
When she was 17, Sarah decided to finish her education, so she went to public high school and had to leave home in order to be able to attend. She now holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies, and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Waterloo. While in school, Sarah lobbied extensively with children’s aid to assist her younger siblings, and after two years, they finally stepped in to ensure that her father was removed from the home and her siblings attended school. Sarah was struck by how difficult it is to help children who are being abused or educationally neglected under the guise of homeschooling, and is committed to advocacy efforts to assist such children.