The Child Protection Clinic: A Mixed Method Evaluation of Parent Legal Representation
Haight, Marshall & Woolman (2015)
Children and Youth Services Review, 56
Evaluates a law school clinic that provides indigent parents with legal representation by law students supervised by experienced attorneys. The article identifies areas for improvement in legal representation of parents, including educating parents around court procedures and better cross-system collaboration between child welfare and legal professionals.
Indicators of Success for Parent Representation (PDF - 819 KB)
American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law (2015)
Describes indicators of success for parent representation through infrastructure, advocacy, and safety/permanency/well-being and due process measures. The appendices include standards of practice for attorneys representing parents in abuse and neglect cases.
One Step at a Time: A Parent-to-Parent Guide to the Child Welfare System (PDF - 4,116 KB)
Rise Magazine (2015)
Explore articles written by parents with experience navigating the child welfare system.
The Role of Counsel in Representing Parents (PDF - 74 KB)
Child Law Practice, 35(2)
Explains key issues attorneys should consider when representing parents accused of child abuse and neglect.
Standards of Practice for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse and Neglect Cases (PDF - 269 KB)
American Bar Association
Provides a summary of the standards of practice for the parents’ attorney, the basics of the obligations of the attorney and the attorney manager, as well as the role of the court in abuse and neglect cases.
Strange Bedfellows: How Child Welfare Agencies Can Benefit From Investing in Multidisciplinary Parent Representation (PDF - 814 KB)
Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)
Highlights emerging parent representation models that expedite the safe reunification of children already in foster care. The article explores the challenges facing child welfare agencies in engaging parents, suggests how multidisciplinary parent representation can assist them in reaching their goals, and encourages child welfare agencies to prioritize strengthening parent representation in their jurisdictions.
Representing Parents in Abuse and Neglect Proceedings: An Advocacy and Training Guide for Wyoming Practitioners (PDF - 1,037 KB)
Children’s Justice Project, Wyoming Supreme Court (2016)
Provides guidance to attorneys representing parents in abuse and neglect proceedings on improving outcomes for parents and their children by ensuring timely hearings, increasing reunifications, and decreasing the number of parental rights termination findings.
Standards and Best Practices for Attorneys Representing Adult Clients in State Intervention Cases: Focus on Early Involvement of Counsel (PDF - 747 KB)
Burton & Gehron (2015)
New York State Bar Association, Committee to Ensure the Quality of Mandated Representation
Provides guidance on the qualifications, experience, training, duties, and oversight of counsel, as well as the obligations of attorney mangers. The presentation indicates that early involvement of counsel promotes timely and accurate decision-making, due process, and effective assistance throughout the case.