Check the homeschooling laws for your state (see our state by state map and individual overviews here), and if you feel that your state’s laws do not provide enough protections for homeschooled children please call or write to your elected representatives and let them know how you feel. Only when policymakers are made aware of the danger and hear the voices of concerned citizens will change happen. Children themselves cannot vote or lobby for better protections so it is up to us to do so on their behalf. For more, see the Coalition for Responsible Home Education.
If you suspect a case of child abuse, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). For more information and resources, see the Coalition for Responsible Home Education’s Child Abuse and Neglect page. See also the Coalition for Responsible Home Education’s Resources for Homeschooling Parents and Message for Friends and Family and Homeschoolers Anonymous’s 40 Ways to Help page.
If you are a home educator, when homeschool groups or advocacy organizations ask you to lend your support to policies that will deregulate homeschooling or aim to prevent anyone aside from parents from having a level of responsibility for or access to a child, say no. Let them know why and then ask your friends to do the same. While deregulation may look appealing because it can reduce paperwork and the occasional hassle for a responsible homeschooling parent, losing simple protections like registration, testing, or portfolio reviews can sometimes mean things suddenly become much, much worse for an abused or neglected child being homeschooled in your state. Make clear that abusive parents who decide to homeschool in order to avoid questions should not expect to find a safe haven for abusive behavior in your state’s regulations or in your homeschooling community. For more, see the Coalition for Responsible Home Education’s For Homeschool Parents section.