On Legal Fees for Parents and Children, Trump Administration Scores One for Basic Republican Values
As a registered Republican for more than 40 years, I am heartened by a recent reform by the Children’s Bureau of the Trump administration. It increases flexibility for states to manage their child protection systems, with the Social Security Title IV-E entitlement opened up to support high-quality legal representation for children and parents.
Lawsuit Seeks Constitutional Right to Counsel for Kids in Three Indiana Counties
In a lawsuit that could theoretically set a precedent for legal guarantees in child welfare proceedings, a team of lawyers wants to force three Indiana counties to provide lawyers to all youth involved with the child welfare system.
Federal Child Welfare Cash Should Be Tied to Full Compliance, Groups Say
A pair of California-based child advocacy groups is calling for drastic changes to the way that state compliance with federal child welfare laws is monitored, and the way that states are penalized for compliance failure.