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    Researched a couple of alternatives to HSLDA and haven't found something that matches it in terms of legal support. We move often via military; never know where we will be or the home schooling climate and have felt reassured by the thought (perceived or real) that I had a lawyer supporting me. However, today I received a email alert encouraging me to vote for a candidate from MO that is beyond unacceptable. Ready to drop HSLDA. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee2013 View Post
    Researched a couple of alternatives to HSLDA and haven't found something that matches it in terms of legal support. We move often via military; never know where we will be or the home schooling climate and have felt reassured by the thought (perceived or real) that I had a lawyer supporting me. However, today I received a email alert encouraging me to vote for a candidate from MO that is beyond unacceptable. Ready to drop HSLDA. Any suggestions?
    I signed up for our first year of homeschool, too, again for the perceived/maybe real threat. I've been told since our county/state doesn't usually have issues, which is good to know. But the reason I didn't renew was because I finally read HSLDA's mission statement, and after that and the emails I received I realized my view of the world was VASTLY different from the one they represent.

    I should have investigated further in the beginning, and I hope your thread will encourage others to do just that.

    I know Homeschool Legal Advantage has been mentioned on other forums as an alternative to HSLDA, but people will have to decide if they agree with that firm's beliefs, as well.
    -Angela.

    Unschooling one son (7).

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    One alternative is to get involved with or join state (or country, if you live overseas) homeschool organizations that focus on local matters.

    "HLA is a ministry", according to their FAQ, but if they aren't doing the objectionable things that HSDLA does (like championing anti-gay causes, for one), then they may be a viable alternative for you.

    We've talked about HSDLA at length here on SecularHomeschool, and one thread that really delved into them is located here. A few posts down, bcnlvr provided a link for National Home Education Legal Defense, which is another alternative.
    Wendy
    Mumsy to Gavin (13-year-old artsy boy) and Rowan (3-year-old disco queen)

    Sharing snarky thoughts about work & motherhood at inwhichmother.com.

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    I think the best alternative is just not worrying.
    Disclaimer: Everything I'm saying is just my own opinion, based on my own experiences teaching and with my own kids and my own life. You should just ignore me if I'm annoying you. I don't mind.

    But if I don't annoy you, feel free to visit my blog:
    http://farrarwilliams.wordpress.com
    Children's Books, Homeschooling and Random Musings...

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    I think the best alternative is just not worrying.
    Agreed - is there really a need to join anything? The only thing I can see needing is your local/state support group, for asking questions.
    DD, 8...8? how did that happen?

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    I'll add that I used to worry more when we were first starting out. And I do have a secret paranoia of CPS... the way some people worry that random people in a shop might kidnap their kids, I'm way more worried I might one day have to tangle with the government. But I do think there's no use worrying. I'd rather just do what I think is best and not overthink it, especially when I know HSLDA doesn't really help a lot of the families in these situations anyway.
    Disclaimer: Everything I'm saying is just my own opinion, based on my own experiences teaching and with my own kids and my own life. You should just ignore me if I'm annoying you. I don't mind.

    But if I don't annoy you, feel free to visit my blog:
    http://farrarwilliams.wordpress.com
    Children's Books, Homeschooling and Random Musings...

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