-Marvin Ventrell and Donald Duquette, General Editors
The role and duties of attorneys in child welfare cases - from initiating court action to reunification or termination and adoption.
How to prepare for trial, examine witnesses, present expert testimony, and make and meet objections.
Important federal legislation and constitutional law concerning the relationship among parents, children, and the state.
The complex child welfare court process - step by step.
The role of all parties in achieving safety, permanence, and well-being for children.
"Top specialists in our field of child welfare have, in one volume, produced an exhaustive compendium of information to help achieve not merely competence, but exemplary practice skills. Because of the rapid changes in and increasing complexity of dependency cases, this book should find its way onto every child welfare lawyer's bookshelf."
-Howard Davidson, Director, ABA Center on Children and the Law, Washington, D.C.
Legal Representation of Children: Recommendations and Standards of Practice for the Legal Representation of Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases
This document is designed to assist children's attorneys, courts, and policy makers working to improve the legal representation of children. The focus is on the the representation of children in abuse and neglect proceedings. The document also has application to private custody and adoption matters.
The Child's Attorney: A Guide to Representing Children in Custody, Adoption, and Protection Cases
-by Ann M. Haralambie
Written by one of the foremost experts on child custody and abuse, this book is a valuable guide to analyzing and advocating the rights of children in civil cases. Beginning with a discussion of the different types of representation for children, the book outlines the ethical and malpractice issues involved in representing children and advises you on determining the difference between the child's best interests and the child's expressed wishes. In addition to sample forms, the book includes a table of over 250 cases and over 400 statutes from all 50 states. Appendices include selected state statutes and guidelines regarding the duties of the child's attorney and the guardian ad litem, including guidelines for use in criminal court.
Child Sexual Abuse in Civil Cases: A Guide to Custody and Tort Actions
-by Ann Haralambie
This book is a balanced and comprehensive guide to dealing with sexual abuse in intrafamilial and other non-stranger situations. It details the civil legal interventions and strategies that may be employed in such cases. Most family law practitioners and others who deal in custody issues will come across allegations of sexual abuse at some point. Child Sexual Abuse in Civil Cases provides the interdisciplinary information and perspective necessary to handle these cases, emphasizing the ultimate goal of protecting and assisting the child. Includes appendices on standards, diagnosis, and treatment, plus a current table of authorities.
Child Welfare Law Office Guidebook: Best Practice Guidelines for Organizational Legal Representation in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases (The Blue Book)
-National Association of Counsel for Children
Given the specialized nature of this practice, it is difficult to provide high quality legal services without an institutional structure that allows attorneys to focus their full attention to the practice. Children's law offices comprised of full time staff attorneys who specialize in child welfare law are uniquely situated to provide high quality legal service. The NACC, through the Children's Law Office Program, has created a Guidebook (The Blue Book) of office operation designed to promote best office practice. You may download a free copy of the Blue Book below. If you would like to order a hard copy, please contact the NACC.