Family Heritage Matters is a legislative watchdog,
protecting God's design for the family.
FHM began in 1983 as a public advocate to the Maryland Board of Education regarding home education. Because of FHM's research and advocacy, the BOE developed regulations that permitted home instruction as we know it today.
FHM advocated for the homeschool freedoms of Maryland families on issues including not raising the compulsory attendance age, providing for educational programs in churches, and preventing increased home education regulation.
FHM fought the battle for Biblical marriage and family, including working to refer Maryland's gay marriage legislation to the ballot in 2012. FHM also secured early graduation rights for homeschool students under 18.
FHM helped to defeat HB 1798, legislation that would have mandated home visits for Maryland homeschooling families.
FHM proactively monitors Maryland legislation and regulation.
For over 35 years, FHM has tracked over 100,000 bills in the Maryland General Assembly.
FHM also monitors Maryland Administrative Regulations for education and family law, and tracks state court cases which may have an impact on home education in Maryland.
FHM advises legislators and government officials.
Through written and in person communication, FHM counsels legislators and government officials concerning issues affecting Maryland families, churches and private schools.
FHM has over 3 decades of experience.
Since Pastor Gary Cox began advocating for Maryland families in Annapolis in the 1980s, FHM has maintained positive, working relationships with Maryland legislators and officials. Gary has frequently been invited by the Maryland State Department of Education as a stake holder to provide input on home education regulations.
FHM trains students.
In a cooperative venture with WCFS, a Maryland-based homeschool academy, FHM oversees legislative internships for junior and senior high school students. We also hold an annual student legislative day in Annapolis which includes tours of the Capitol, stetting in on committee meetings, and reviewing bills.
FHM serves as a watchman.
FHM provides general and specific information regarding Maryland homeschool legal freedoms through the periodic updates via email and social media. FHM liaisons in the mission with Maryland Association of Christian Home Educators. (MACHE) and Home School Legal Defense Association. (HSLDA)
FHM needs your prayers.
FHM staff seek to honor the command of 1 Timothy 2:1 "to pray for kings and all who are in authority that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life."
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