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NCJ Number: 85418 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Standards Relating to Abuse and Neglect
Corporate Author: American Bar Association
United States of America

Institute of Judicial Admin
Publicity Manager
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 217
Sponsoring Agency: American Bar Association

Ballinger Publishing Co
Cambridge, MA 02138
Institute of Judicial Admin
New York, NY 10012
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
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
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
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); Child abuse reporting; Child custody; Juvenile dependency and neglect; Juvenile justice standards
Note: Juvenile Justice Standards Project
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