In re termination of D.R and A.R.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Court: Supreme Court of Washington
Topic: Child’s need for counsel in termination of parental rights hearing
The majority of states mandate legal counsel for children in termination proceedings by statutes and case law. Washington's failure to guarantee counsel to children is a minority position and against the clear national trend. Only legal counsel provides the unique expertise, confidentiality, and privilege essential to the effective representation of children.
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