Attorneys may represent the children, the parents, or the child welfare agency in court.
Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases
Ventrell & Duquette (2005)
Explains, step by step, the complex court process and the role and duties of attorneys. Includes key Federal and constitutional legislation concerning the relationship among parents, children, and the State.
Legal Ethics in Child Welfare Cases
ABA Center on Children and the Law (2004)
How to apply the spirit of the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct to provide quality representation for parents, children, and families. Guidelines for guardians ad litem are included.
Standards of Practice for Lawyers Representing Child Welfare Agencies (PDF - 295 KB)
American Bar Association (2004)
Provides definitions and addresses the role of the agency attorney, basic obligations, fulfilling obligations, ethical and practice considerations, and administrative responsibilities.