More than 50 million kids are left home-bound in the United States each year.
In 2016, 1.5 million children were left in home-schooling families, and the rate of home-parenting has remained steady since the 1990s.
And that’s not counting the kids who were forced into the system as adults, or the kids from abusive homes.
The number of children left in this situation is staggering.
There’s no national data on the numbers of kids who are left in homes with a parent or adult who isn’t at home to care for them, but experts estimate that up to 1 in 3 children who are home-directed are left at home.
But even in states that do have laws against home-teaching, it’s still common for parents to be unaware of the law and/or do little to prevent their children from being placed in homes.
For those families who do have some kind of legal authority, the answer is often a series of emails, phone calls, or letters.
Some parents even send children home to school or to a group home.
But if your child’s home-based schooling isn’t legal, what can you do?
In states that don’t have specific laws, it can be tough to figure out how to enforce a ban.
If you think you’re being left out by your state, check out these tips for home-educational parents.
How to check if your state has a ban on home-Teaching: If your child is home-educated, you can check by visiting the Department of Education website.
Check the home schooling statute for specific language regarding home schooling.
The states that have specific provisions in their laws may be more specific about what constitutes home-education and what types of home schooling must be supervised.
The following states have home- education laws: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Wyoming.
You can also check the Home Schooling Statute at your state legislature website, but these laws don’t include home-taught children.
The Home School Law website also has a list of resources on how to get your state’s home school law, and if you’re a non-resident of a state, you’ll also want to check out the Home Education Law Resource Center for specific information on where to apply for home schooling licenses and how to register.
The next time you hear a parent tell you their child is being home-led, don’t be intimidated.
Many states have laws on the books that protect home-parents from being penalized if their child isn’t being educated.
It’s possible to have your child in a home-attached setting and still stay in compliance with state laws.
But even if your home-trained child is only in a different school from the parent who’s in charge of the child, there’s a chance that your child could be in danger of getting placed in the wrong home, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
How to check whether your child has been home-ed: Contact your state home- school law office to make sure your child hasn’t been placed in a nonresidential school.
The state may also have specific guidance on how long home schooling is legal, but if your local government is the jurisdiction that is enforcing home schooling laws, they may have more detailed information on how home-learning laws are enforced.
Here are some other things you can do to check to make certain your child isn, in fact, home-going: If you’re not sure, ask your child about their home-care options.
Many parents say they want to make the best of an uncertain situation.
It may be easier to ask if your children are attending an accredited private school that has parental permission and is part of a school network.
Ask if your kid is being taught at home and how they’re doing.
This can help you find out if your kids are on the right track in the school system and if they are being taught to the best standards possible.
If your kids have a home education license, contact the local school to confirm their attendance and the school’s policies.
Talk to your child.
If you feel like your child needs help to keep up with school, contact a professional child-welfare agency.
You may want to contact your child protection agency and/and a local advocacy group.
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