Abuse & Neglect

While many homeschooled children have positive, child-centered experiences, some children fall through the cracks. If you suspect a homeschooling family of abuse or neglect, including educational neglect, please see our Child Abuse and Educational Neglect sections.

Child Abuse

Educational Neglect



Abuse in Homeschool Settings

Child abuse and neglect in homeschooling settings can look different from the abuse or neglect of children who attend school. By examining a variety of case studies, we identify and analyze particularities of abuse and neglect in homeschooling settings.

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Homeschooling & Concealing Child Abuse

While most homeschooling parents involve their children in a variety of activities outside of the home, in some cases abusive parents use homeschooling to isolate their children and prevent them from having contact with mandatory reporters, thus concealing their abuse.

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Homeschooling & Educational Neglect

While some homeschooled children receive excellent educations in the home, others go uneducated and come to adulthood unprepared. We have identified a number factors that can contribute to educational neglect in homeschool settings.

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Truancy and Fraudulent Homeschooling

Many states’ homeschool laws are so lax that parents can withdraw chronically truant children without ever having to provide evidence of instruction. In some cases, as well, public school administrators have taken advantage of lax homeschool laws to pad their graduation rates.

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Homeschooling’s Invisible Children

Since 2013, we have been collecting cases of severe and fatal abuse in homeschool settings and listing them in our Homeschooling’s Invisible Children database. This database provides insight into why and how some parents misuse states’ homeschooling laws, as well as factors these cases have in common.

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