Top Stories of 2021: A Big Year for Parental Rights
Early legal counsel, the termination of parental rights, and ideas around peer support were among the issues The Imprint covered in 2021.
‘Miranda Warning’-style Bill for Parents Fails in New York City Council
A bill that would have required social workers to inform parents of their right to legal counsel at the start of an investigation has failed to get a vote during the last City Council voting day for the year.
Rise Magazine Releases Guide for Working with Parents Whose Children are in Foster Care
Lakisha had an idea: “Why don’t they give us a handbook?” Lindsay added: “Yeah, why am I finding out about my rights here? Now?” Both were parents with children in foster care who had joined a weekly writing group I ran at a child welfare services agency called Graham Windham.
Hearings: Young, First-Time Parents Face ‘Civil Death Penalty’ in a Ventura Child Welfare Court
200 Beats a Minute It was the week before Christmas 2018. Sometime around noon that day, the 1-year-old baby girl ingested methamphetamines and opioids she had found in her mother’s purse.
Arizona Had a Busy Legislative Year on Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice
Arizona legislators passed a number of bills related to children and youth that ultimately made it to Gov. Doug Ducey’s (R) desk for a signature. The issues addressed by the legislature included child marriage, the opioid crisis and adoption costs.
West Virginia High Court Says Kids Can’t Inherit After Parents Lose Rights
In a decision that appears to further punish children who have already been abused, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that a child cannot inherit from a parent whose rights have been terminated.
Two States Near Plans to Terminate Parental Rights at Birth in Some Drug Cases
Two states are moving closer to legislation that would allow child welfare officials to immediately move newborns exposed to opioids toward adoption, an effort meant to address the growing number of children entering foster care due to neglect or abuse related to drug use.
Arizona Bill Would Terminate Parental Rights More Quickly in Substance Use Cases
The Arizona legislature may vote on a bill that would quicken the pace at which parents struggling with drug addiction could lose their parental rights. The bill – Senate Bill 1452 – would speed up the timeline for the termination of parental rights, allow adoption of these children more quickly and deny access to services like addiction treatment for parents.
Federal Court Case Asks: Is it Against Constitution for Caseworkers to Lie?
Is it constitutional for a caseworker to lie in court? If that question comes across to you as one with an obvious answer, consider that a court case on the subject is one stop away from the U.S.