(CHRISTIAN POST) — A homeschooling advocacy group announced that it is suing social services caseworkers in Shenandoah County Virginia's Department of Social Services on behalf of homeschool parents that it says are falsely accused of child abuse and had their two children removed from parental custody and placed into foster care for over a month.
The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) will represent Lane and Susan Funkhouser of Clarke County Virginia after Social Services removed their children from their home due to claims that the parents suffer from a rare mental illness.
"HSLDA is hearing about more and more cases where children are being taken away from their families because doctors disagree about their medical treatment. And we can't take all these cases on," the HSLDA said in a statement. "But we are taking on the Funkhouser case."
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It began when Lane and Susan Funkhouser took their kids to the family doctor in hopes of diagnosing the illnesses that their children had been strapped with, but the doctor was unable to provide a diagnosis. The kids' condition did not improve and they continued missing massive amounts of school and class work and eventually the parents decided to homeschool the kids. The school district issued a truancy charge that was later dismissed. But because of the charge, the Funkhousers were officially on the radar of Michael Austin of Virginia's Department of Social Services.