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Senate Bill May Require Legal Counsel for Parents, Children in Child Welfare Cases
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions approved a bill that could provide the first federal requirement of legal counsel to parents and children in child welfare cases, though there appeared to be some discussion of further negotiations on that before a vote of the full Senate.
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.
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.
Kids in Foster Care to Have Own Attorneys Under New Arizona Law
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.
Hawaiian High Court: Parents’ Right to Counsel Starts At First Filing
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.
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.
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.
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.