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How Much Weight Does a Social Worker's Opinion Carry in Court?
Social workers are often overworked and underpaid. Nonetheless, they must make time to practice to be prepared for court.
Terminating Parental Rights When a Child Has Special Needs
Few areas of family law are as bristling with risk and the potential for appeal as a petition to terminate parental rights. When the child involved has special needs, the child may be particularly imperiled if proper ...
Hindsight bias in the context of child protection services.
There is a well-known psychological phenomenon known as hindsight bias, “the recognized tendency for individuals to overestimate or exaggerate…
Children, parents, CPS and second medical opinions.
A faulty medical determination of child abuse or neglect can destroy the life of a child and its family. “Measure twice, cut once,” is a great rule for carpenters; it’s also an important lesson for Child Protective Services.
Where does an “outcry witness” fit in the child abuse arena?
Social workers must have a basic knowledge of how legal proceedings work, especially if they are called to be an outcry witness.
Are Fourth Amendment rights sufficiently protected whenCPS and DV cases are held virtually?
Many court hearings are now virtual. This means that some or all of the litigants and witnesses participate by video. Are virtual hearings compromising the Fourth Amendment rights of domestic violence victims/survivors ...
What is the role of an outcry witness in proving the continuous sexual abuse of a young child?
The Houston Court of Appeals (First District) recently heard Fernandez v. State. Its ruling provides clear definitions of what role an outcry witness can play in proving allegations of continuous sexual abuse of a young ...
Therapeutic jurisprudence: How judges, lawyers and mental health professionals can be agents of change
Lawyers are charged with advocating for their clients. When a court takes a holistic team approach, zealous advocacy must bow to serving the best interests of families, and especially, the best interests of children. The ...
Parentification, infantilization, and adultification: How might they impact a family law case?
Children may be the recipients of a quiet tsunami of well-intended, but nonetheless inappropriate expectations cast upon them. The parent who uses a child as a shield is manifesting high levels of dependency and emotional ...