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Title: Child Abuse and Neglect: A National Summary of State Statutes
Journal: Juvenile and Family Court Journal  Volume:48  Issue:4  Dated:(November 1997)  Pages:43-54
Author(s): S A Dobbin; S I Gatowski; M Springgate
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 12
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: State laws on child abuse and neglect and permanency planning are reviewed, with emphasis on mandated time frames for the filing of petitions, emergency hearings, adjudicatory and dispositional hearings, court reviews, and permanency planning.
Abstract: The analysis also examines how States approach the representation of children and parents in court, including whether or not State laws mandate the qualifications and training for guardians ad litem. The State-by-State information comes from a national study undertaken to determine the level of uniformity or variance in statutes since the initiation of Federal legislation attempting to improve State practice in the handling of child abuse and neglect cases. The information covers laws through mid-1997. The analysis revealed that States vary widely in their statutorily mandated time frames for processing these cases. Some laws fail to either specify or fully articulate time frames at one or more stages in a case. Even fewer statutes detail the duties, responsibilities, and powers of representatives for parties and the qualifications or training of representatives. The laws also do not clearly indicate the day-to-day practice in each State. Therefore, telephone interviews and a questionnaire have gathered further information. Tables, address from which to obtain matrix of State laws and the report of the National Court Improvement Study's project on permanency planning for children, and 40 reference notes
Main Term(s): Juvenile court procedures
Index Term(s): Alternative court procedures; Child abuse situation remedies; Child placement services; Child welfare; Court delays; Family courts; Juvenile dependency and neglect; State laws
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