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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, 2006

Part of the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect’s User Manual Series, Working with the Courts in Child Protection explains court processes most relevant to child abuse and neglect cases. This manual introduces concepts and terminology associated with the courts, describes the key court processes, and presents practical information to help child protective services caseworkers prepare for litigation. Specific chapters address the general or common court system; the powers of the court and the rights of parents and children in child maltreatment cases; the interplay between child maltreatment legislation and caseworker practice; the juvenile court process; the criminal court process; domestic relations and other court proceedings; the issues involved in going to court, including the rules of evidence, court reports, and testifying; the relationship between caseworkers and the court; and court improvement and best practices. Appendices include a glossary, resource listings, and guidelines for caseworkers for permanency and review hearings.

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