"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.
PART ONE: WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CHILDREN?
The Best Interests of the Child
Professional Responsibility for Children
PART TWO: WHEN HARM COMES TO CHILDREN
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
PART FOUR: OTHER AREAS OF LEGAL INVOLVEMENT FOR CHILDREN
Education and Children With Disabilities
Mental Health Issues