There are over 30,000 Texas children in foster care, and many home school families have welcomed these children into their homes.
For many families, home schooling provides a wonderful environment to learn and grow closer together and can be an good way of bringing a foster child into the family. Unfortunately, many foster parents are not allowed to choose where the children go to school. Child Protective Services (CPS) often demands the children attend traditional school without ever providing evidence that home schooling will be detrimental to the child’s development.
House Bill 2799, filed by Rep. Jonathan Stickland, protects the ability of foster parents to home school the children in their care. If CPS wants a child to go to a traditional school against the wishes of the foster parent, HB 2799 would require CPS to provide evidence in court that this is in the best interest of the child. This will stop unnecessary control by CPS and allow home school foster families to flourish.
How You Can Help
HB 2799 is being reviewed by the Human Services Committee, and we need the help of the home school community to protect educational choice for foster parents. To help, please email the offices below today (Thursday, April 30) or tomorrow, and ask them to support the bill.
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