The number of homeschool organizations is increasing along with the number of children who are homeschooled in America. These groups provide homeschooling help and information to the diverse types of families who have chosen to educate their children themselves rather than send them to traditional or private school.
Most notably, Home School Legal Defense Association and National Home Education Research Institute exist to provide quality information and service to their families and the public on a global level. They have fought for numerous political freedoms for homeschoolers and have encouraged us to do the same.
Additionally, some organizations cater to the distinct features of families such as race/culture, location or religious affiliations or preferences.
I was a member of the Christian Home Educator's Association while living in CA and spoke with representatives for the National Black Home Educators Resource Association at a home school convention.
I saw references made about a Native American Home School Association and a National Association of Hispanic-American Homeschoolers online. Sadly, I could not locate them on the web.
Some other groups were designed for these types of homeschooling families:
Although the exact figure of homeschooling families is still unknown, there seems to be a great need for homeschooling encouragement and information.
If you are looking for a specific local or national group that shares your passion, such as Montessori or Charlotte Mason style of teaching, just look for them on the web.
As families observe or experience unique challenges to their personal homeschool situations these various groups will only increase and continue to be important support systems.