Address the problem of child abuse and neglect in homeschooling families.
  • Petitioned HSLDA

This petition was delivered to:

Chairman and Co-Founder, HSLDA
Michael P. Farris, Esq.
President and Co-Founder, HSLDA
Mike Smith
Staff Attorney
Michael Donnelly

Address the problem of child abuse and neglect in homeschooling families.

    1. Rebecca Gorman
    2. Petition by

      Rebecca Gorman

      Los Altos, CA

HSLDA, an organization with revenues of over $10 million a year which purports to "advocate for homeschooling", has fought to weaken protections and enforcement against child abuse and neglect, to allow abusive and negligent parents to withdraw their children from school, and to weaken children's legal rights, while publicly defending the character of convicted child abusers who homeschool their children.

All children deserve to be treated humanely and with respect. No child should have to live in fear of abuse or neglect.

As former homeschool students, homeschooling parents, and community allies, we demand that HSLDA takes a stand against child abuse and neglect in homeschooling families.



Michael P. Farris, Esq., Chairman and Co-Founder, HSLDA
Mike Smith, President and Co-Founder, HSLDA
Michael Donnelly, Staff Attorney
Every child deserves the protection of their bodily integrity, a life with dignity, and an education which prepares them for an open future. Abuse and neglect should not be tolerated within the homeschooling community.

As a member of the community, I ask that you take a stand for the well-being of homeschool children and address the problems of abuse and neglect within homeschool families.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. HSLDA realizes it can't ignore us forever.

      Rebecca Gorman
      Petition Organizer

      HSLDA has announced on Facebook today that an article by Mike Farris addressing abuse and neglect in homeschool families will be published in the next issue of the Court Report.

      'Farris says, “What has changed our minds [about not addressing dangerous teaching sooner] are the stories we are now hearing of families, children, women, and even fathers who have been harmed by these philosophies. While these stories represent a small minority of homeschoolers, we can see a discernible pattern of harm, and it must be addressed.”

      'The article is entitled “A line in the sand,” to be released on August 27, 2014.'

      We are looking forward to the publication of this article. Hopefully it will be an accurate first step for HSLDA in addressing this problem.

      HSLDA - World magazine posted an article called... | Facebook

      World magazine posted an article called "Homeschool Debate" on its website today that leaves an incorrect impression about what I (Darren Jones) said and...

    2. Finally... HSLDA makes an overture towards protecting children from abuse.

      Rebecca Gorman
      Petition Organizer

      HSLDA has finally published an accurate article on sexual abuse prevention, including acknowledging that most sexual abusers are not strangers and victims should be believed. You can see more here:

      We hope that HSLDA will also decry other forms of abuse, including dropping support for harsh forms of physical punishment such as hitting children with instruments, withholding food, and locking them in confined areas.

      "I learned from my own parents that there is no

      "I learned from my own parents that there is no more formidable force than moms and dads protecting their children." -Stephanie Adams, MA, LPC Protecting children from sexual abuse is a high priority for parents. Do you know how to create a safe environment for the children in your home and community?

    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rosemary Savage ROCHESTER, NY
      • 6 months ago

      Children need protection from parents when parents don't have the child's well-being at heart.

    • Cornelia van der Ziel CHESTNUT HILL, MA
      • 7 months ago

      I know some who have been home schooled. Some of them are people who learn in ways that schools cannot accomodate. However, many others receive a greatly inferior education and are crippled for the rest of their lives. Others suffer abuse and neglect, in addition, further limiting their potential to lead happy and productive lives. No child should have to suffer in these ways.

    • Christine Baughan AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      Children should be protected from all preventable harm.

    • Helen Dawson KARINGAL, AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      Every child needs contact with other children, and life outside of their family, otherwise their development is severely impaired. Child safety is more important than adult ideology.

    • Monica Houston SEATTLE, WA
      • 11 months ago

      I witnessed abuse that drove my childhood friends to depression, violence and suicide. Parents don't own their children!


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