I live in Florida. I recently relocated to South Florida from Suburban Maryland (DC area). I shopped for our new home strictly by school ratings, guessing that the better rated schools meant the better neighborhoods and considering I was moving my children from one of the best rated school systems in the country to one of the worst, I would try to get the best of the worst school. Was I wrong or what? I moved to Pembroke Pines from Silver Spring, MD in August of 2003, just before the new school year started. I enrolled my 9 year old adopted daughter in school and decided to home school my 11 year old who was having behavior problems (also adopted). The first day of school I immediately had problems, the school questioned whether I adopted my daughter or was she kidnapped. Once I had crossed that bridge the school guidance counselor called me to extend herself (so she said) but really she wanted to know what the single black woman was like. She instantly decided I needed food stamps, free clinics and I wasn't smart enough to home school my daughter. I was shocked when she called me and asked me to again present proof that my daughter was adopted. I let her speak to the adoption case worker and then when that was resolved, I found protective services at my door stating the school had accused me of child abuse. The claim was that I fed my child food she didn't like (LOL) and that I beat her with a broom and that my boyfriend and I fought physically in front of our children. WOW, was I p*ssed! Protective services instantly closed their case after finding that I had complained to the superintendent of schools only days before the school had called. I withdrew my daughter from school and have home schooled her every since. The neighbors were less than welcoming. They never allowed their children to play with my children and I even heard my next door neighbor tell her daughter to try to come in our house to see if we had furniture. Can you believe that people still believe the worst about others solely based on their race? I need an attorney who will at least look into my case and hopefully help me to sue Broward County School System so that they will never act this deplorable again.