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Children and Adolescents in Need
A Legal Primer for the Helping Professional


October 1994 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"A valuable sourcebook for individuals interested in the tragedy of child abuse, Children and Adolescents in Need is a practical legal primer that looks at the complex and varied issues besetting child abuse." --Edelman Children's Court Newsletter, Monterey Park, California The vulnerability of children becomes tragically apparent when they are neglected and abused by those persons most intimately responsible for their well-being. When this occurs, and parents are judged incapable of adequately providing for the critical needs of a child, the responsibility for determining "best interest" falls to the community legal system. In some instances--even before birth--legal principles, statutes, and case law are shaping the decisions that will profoundly affect the lives of these young human beings. With compassion and practicality, Children and Adolescents in Need looks at the complex issues surrounding these decisions and discusses the challenges faced by people involved in providing the resources these special children need to anticipate a future with hope and confidence. The poignant clarity of Children and Adolescents in Need makes it an excellent sourcebook for mental health practitioners, volunteer child advocates, and students in clinical training. Case studies explore the effort required to coordinate multi-disciplinary services to achieve long term positive impact on the "whole" child.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CHILDREN?
 
The Best Interests of the Child
 
Professional Responsibility for Children
 
PART TWO: WHEN HARM COMES TO CHILDREN
 
Physical Abuse
 
Sexual Abuse
 
Substance Abuse
 
Emotional Abuse
 
Neglect
 
PART THREE: WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR REMEDIATION?
 
Family Support to Prevent Placement
 
The Child in Court
 
Foster Care and Guardianship
 
Termination of Parental Rights
 
Adoption
 
PART FOUR: OTHER AREAS OF LEGAL INVOLVEMENT FOR CHILDREN
 
Education and Children With Disabilities
 
Mental Health Issues
 
Delinquency

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