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Vivek Sankaran.

5/9/2021

Comfort the Troubled, and Trouble the Comforted

My law students entered my virtual office dejected. Their teenage client had been accused of assault. As a result, he needed to change foster care placements, again. His mental health needs were not being addressed by the child welfare agency.

5/6/2021

Albany Must Give Young New Yorkers A Right to Counsel Before Police Interrogations

Last fall, in a cramped interrogation room, a NYPD detective read a 17-year-old his Miranda rights and asked whether he was willing to answer questions. Sitting next to the boy was his mother.

4/15/2021

Kids in Foster Care to Have Own Attorneys Under New Arizona Law

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R).
Arizona on Wednesday became the latest state to require that children involved in abuse or neglect cases be appointed an attorney to represent their best interest.

Vivek Sankaran.

4/8/2021

Michigan Draws A Line on Terminating Parental Rights

My client in a Michigan child welfare case had already suffered from Crohn’s Disease, which hampered his ability to hold a job and resulted in frequent hospital visits, when tragedy struck.

Youth Services Insider

3/18/2021

Hawaiian High Court: Parents’ Right to Counsel Starts At First Filing

Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo credit: John Fowler
Parents in child welfare cases in Hawaii have significantly stronger rights to counsel as a result of a new ruling from the state’s Supreme Court.

Vivek Sankaran.

2/21/2021

The Lawyer Illusion in Child Welfare Court

Too often, judges assume that the mere presence of legal counsel for parents in child welfare court means the system wasn't making mistakes.

10/12/2020

A County-Tribal Partnership to Improve Family Experience with Courts

A Minnesota tribal community and county have announced a partnership that aims to better serve Native parents and kids in family and criminal cases through more coordinated court processing. The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Itasca County, located in northern Minnesota, will design and pilot family-centered solutions for people in criminal or dependency court cases.

representation

9/16/2020

Study Shows Why Quality Legal Representation is Key in Parent/Child Reunions

Last year, New York researchers determined that when parents have a child in foster care and are represented by teams of lawyers working in tandem with social workers and parent advocates, they were reunited with their child about four months sooner than those who were represented by a solo practitioner.

Youth Services Insider
funding

7/16/2020

Bar Association Report: Funding Shifts Greatly Affect Legal Counsel for Kids, Parents

Research has shown that quality legal representation on behalf of all parties in the child welfare system improves the outcome for children and families alike. But until now, little research has been conducted on just how funding affects the ability to provide quality legal services.