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  NCJ Number: NCJ 085418   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Standards Relating to Abuse and Neglect
  Document URL: PDF 
  Corporate Author: American Bar Assoc
United States of America

Institute of Judicial Admin
Publicity Manager
United States of America
  Date Published: 1981
  Page Count: 217
  Annotation: This volume proposes and comments on standards for each major decision made regarding child abuse and neglect: the scope of mandatory reporting laws, the basis for coercive court intervention, the grounds for removing children from and returning them to their homes, both pre- and postadjudication, and the basis for termination of parental rights.
  Abstract: It proposes procedural standards for making each of these decisions and establishes mechanisms for ensuring the quality of all institutional decisionmakers. The text also proposes standards to regulate the process of 'voluntary placement' of children into foster care without court intervention, since this process is closely connected with the coercive intervention system. The standards provide for a number of monitoring and testing procedures designed to permit continual evaluation of the entire intervention process. A basic tenet is that great deference should be given to 'family autonomy.' The terms 'neglect,' 'abuse,' and 'dependency,' are replaced by a new term, 'endangered child.' The standards specify the conditions constituting 'endangerment.' Coercive intervention is limited to situations where the child has suffered or is likely to suffer serious harm. The standards reject expansion of mandatory reporting laws beyond cases of physical abuse since reporting laws are most effective when dealing with this type of abuse. Over 100 references are appended. (Author summary modified)
  Index Term(s): American Bar Association (ABA) ; Juvenile dependency and neglect ; Child custody ; Child abuse reporting ; Juvenile justice standards
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
United States of America
  Grant Number: 71-NI-99-0014; 76-JN-99-0018; 72-NI-99-0032; 75-NI-99-0101; 74-NI-99-0043;78-JN-AX-0002; 79-JN-AX-00
  Sale Source: Ballinger Publishing Co
Harvard Square
17 Dunster Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States of America
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: Juvenile Justice Standards Project
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