New book to aid legal profession with child welfare cases
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The University of Michigan and a national attorney organization have released a groundbreaking publication about legal services for abused and neglected children.
The book, "Child Welfare Law and Practice," defines a new specialty in child welfare law, said Donald Duquette, a clinical law professor at the University of Michigan and the publication's co-editor.
"Here in one publication is the social, psychological and legal information necessary for lawyers to serve children and families with the highest professional skill," he said.
In 2004, the American Bar Association designated child welfare law as a formal legal specialty to protect the rights of children. The book will benefit child advocates nationwide as they handle more than 1 million child welfare cases in United States courts each year, said Marvin Ventrell, chief executive officer of the National Association of Counsel for Children and the book's co-editor.
The book prepares attorneys to take the NACC child welfare law certification exam, offering instructions on many issues important to this legal practice. Some topics include constitutional law in child welfare, confidentiality of juvenile court proceedings and records, non-adversarial case resolution, and trial advocacy.