Tag: child abuse

Savannah Leckie’s Death Implicates Missouri’s Lax Homeschool Oversight

For Immediate Release: The death of a Missouri teen raises questions about the lack of protections for homeschooled children in the state Canton, Ma., 08/29/2017—Earlier this month, the ashes of sixteen-year-old Savannah Leckie’s body were found concealed on… Read More

Why Can’t a School Act if an At-Risk Child Is Withdrawn to Be Homeschooled?

When we began our Homeschooling’s Invisible Children database, we quickly noticed many cases where a child was removed to be homeschooled following a concerning history of family services involvement. We recommend creating a background check process to screen… Read More

Iowa Legislature Hears from Homeschool Organization with a History of Opposing Child Welfare Measures

For Immediate Release: Opposition to homeschool accountability contributes to child abuse deaths like those of Natalie Finn and Sabrina Ray Canton, Ma., 06/05/2017—On Monday, June 5, the Iowa legislature’s Government Oversight Committees are holding a joint hearing on… Read More

Kansas Should Strengthen Its Mandatory Reporter Laws

For Immediate Release: Contact with Mandatory Reporters Could Have Saved Homeschooled Adrian Jones Canton, Ma., 5/18/2017—On Tuesday, May 16th, the Kansas House Committee on Federal and State Affairs heard testimony on House Bill 2425, introduced in response to… Read More

CRHE’s Rachel Coleman Testifies in Iowa

For Immediate Release: Iowa lawmakers hear testimony on protections for at-risk homeschooled children Canton, Ma. 03/14/2017—On Monday, March 6th, Rachel Coleman, Executive Director of the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, testified before Iowa Government Oversight Committee Members in… Read More

Child Abuse, Homeschooling, and the CECANF Report

Last October, sixteen-year-old Natalie Finn of West Des Moines, Iowa, died of starvation and severe abuse at the hands of her parents, who homeschooled her to conceal her abuse. After meeting with officials from Iowa’s Department of Human… Read More

Natalie Finn’s Death Points to Lack of Homeschool Oversight in Iowa

For Immediate Release: Recent Iowa child abuse fatality is not the first to implicate homeschooling and abuse Canton, Ma., 01/03/2017—On October 24, 2016, sixteen-year-old Natalie Jasmine Finn died after suffering years of starvation and abuse. Natalie, who lived… Read More

Jessica A.: “Homeschool is an abusive parent’s dream”

“I support homeschool oversight because most child abuse is committed by parents against their own children. I believe people oppose homeschool oversight because most people only worry about their own kids. They won’t admit it, but as long as their own kids aren’t at risk, even “good” homeschoolers just don’t care.”

Statement Regarding Colt Clark

For Immediate Release: Lax Homeschool Laws Implicated in Boy’s Disappearance Canton, Ma., 4/21/16—Ten years ago, nine-year-old Colt Clark was reported missing by his aunt and uncle, who alleged that he had run away. After a decade of unanswered questions,… Read More

Why We Have to Talk About Homeschooling and Child Abuse

In early March, HSLDA’s Scott Woodruff accused the media of “hurting the cause of child abuse reduction” by drawing attention to cases where parents have used homeschooling to hide abuse. In his piece, Woodruff writes that “experts in the… Read More