Top Stories of 2019: A Big Year for Parent Representation

We’re counting down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint published in 2019. Each day, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage on a big story from this past year.



Grasping the Opportunity to Remake Child Welfare

 As I wrote last week, the federal government quietly introduced a momentous new funding source for child welfare systems before the holidays. The Department of Health and Human Services will now reimburse states for legal support given to parents involved in child welfare proceedings, and to their children.



An Invitation to Remake Child Welfare

A few days before Christmas, the federal government extended an invitation to state child welfare agencies that has the potential to completely transform the system. The invitation did not arrive with great publicity.

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In Both Systems, Unfulfilled Promises on Protecting Kids in Court

Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court provided a blanket of protection against railroading youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Seven years later, Congress attempted to do the same for children involved in child welfare proceedings.


Report Offers Blueprint for Building Better Juvenile Representation System

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s In re Gault decision that established the right of children to counsel in juvenile court. In opening the way for a system of legal representation for youth in the juvenile justice system, the court famously declared that “[u]nder our Constitution, the condition of being a boy does not justify a kangaroo court.”


Do Juveniles Understand Role of Attorneys?

The authors – M. Dyan McGuire, Michael Vaughn, Jeffrey Shook and Tamara Kenny – have attempted to “fill a void by explicitly exploring whether juveniles comprehend what a lawyer is supposed to do for them.


    Researcher Who Revealed White Bias on Juvenile Offenders Wins MacArthur Genius Award

    Jennifer Eberhardt, a social psychologist with Stanford University, was among the 21 people who received a 2014 “Genius” Award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Eberhardt’s career focus is on the unconscious way in which humans code and categorize people by race, particularly as it relates to perceptions about crime.