Trump Administration Rule Change Could Unleash Hundreds of Millions in Federal Funds to Defend Rights of Parents, Children in Child Protection Cases

Feature (NATIONAL)

Trump Administration Rule Change Could Unleash Hundreds of Millions in Federal Funds to Defend Rights of Parents, Children in Child Protection Cases

February 5, 2019 | John Kelly | Chronicle of Social Change (CA)
Most state and local courts have some guarantees of legal support available for kids and parents, even though the Supreme Court has ruled it is not constitutionally required. But child representation is not always provided by a lawyer.
Tags: Children & Juvenile | Civil Right to Counsel | Funding: Federal

Children win with feds’ policy reversal supporting legal representation

Op-Ed (NATIONAL)

Children win with feds’ policy reversal supporting legal representation

February 2, 2019 | Amy Harfeld | Hill, The
Children are the most vulnerable parties in child abuse and neglect cases, with every element of their lives and their very freedom at stake as they face being placed in state custody, otherwise known as foster care. They need lawyers, and good ones at that.
Tags: Children & Juvenile | Civil Right to Counsel

Washington Supreme Court rules kids don’t have a right to a lawyer in dependency hearings

News Story (Washington)

Washington Supreme Court rules kids don’t have a right to a lawyer in dependency hearings

October 4, 2018 | Christine Clarridge | Seattle Times
In so ruling, the majority court also established criteria for family court judges to consider when deciding whether to appoint an attorney to children who are involved in dependency cases.
Tags: Children & Juvenile | Civil Right to Counsel

Study: Juvenile justice in Arizona suffers from uneven legal representation, high fees

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Study: Juvenile justice in Arizona suffers from uneven legal representation, high fees

September 25, 2018 | Mary Jo Pitzl | Arizona Republic
Although legal representation is supposed to be free for indigent families, "nothing in juvenile court is free — not the attorney, probation, shelter care, detention, treatment or other ordered services," according to the report.
Tags: Children & Juvenile | Civil Right to Counsel