Homeschool advocacy group announces Day of the Homeschooled Child, calls for stronger protections
The Coalition for Responsible Home Education (CRHE), the nation’s leading homeschooled children’s rights nonprofit, announces the inaugural Day of the Homeschooled Child will be April 30, 2023.
Day of the Homeschooled Child is dedicated to recognizing the children harmed by minimal homeschool laws across the U.S. and advocating for cultural and legal change to protect them. The day focuses specifically on children who have been abused, neglected, or murdered in homeschool settings.
“CRHE was founded 10 years ago to address a problem: the use of homeschooling to abuse and neglect children,” said CRHE executive director Angela Grimberg. “Since then, we’ve remained focused on advocating for legal and cultural change to make homeschool safe.”
State law throughout the United States has few measures to ensure that the nation’s over 1.7 million homeschooled children receive a quality education in a safe home. Forty-eight out of 50 states allow registered sex offenders and people convicted of crimes against children to homeschool without any restrictions. Eleven states do not require parents to notify education officials of their intent to homeschool. Additionally, homeschooled children have no guaranteed access to the child welfare programs their public-schooled peers have, such as food and nutrition programs, age-appropriate sex education, mental health counseling and resources, and monitoring for child abuse and neglect.
The lack of oversight of homeschooling families enables sustained and unchecked campaigns of abuse against homeschooled children, such as the tragedies experienced by the six Hart children, starved and eventually killed by their adoptive parents, and the thirteen Turpin children, whose parents were charged with torture and child endangerment. CRHE has tracked nearly 500 similar cases in Homeschooling’s Invisible Children, a public database of child abuse and neglect cases in homeschool settings.
“Homeschooled children’s safety and dignity matter,” said CRHE communications director Jessica Dulaney. “Our hope is that Day of the Homeschooled Child helps raise awareness of this invisible crisis and inspires people to stand up for these children and their rights.”