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NCJ Number: 67690 Find in a Library
Title: CHILDREN IN PLACEMENT - WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM? (FROM JUVENILE JUSTICE NATIONAL CONFERENCE, 4TH LOS ANGELES (CA), FEBRUARY 6-10, 1977 - AUDIOTAPE CASSETTE HIGHLIGHTS, GROUP 2, 1977 - SEE NCJ-67682)
Corporate Author: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
United States of America

National District Atorneys Assoc
United States of America

Teach 'Em Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno, NV 89507
National District Atorneys Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Teach 'Em Inc
Chicago, IL 60611
Publication Number: J-39, SIDE 11
Sale Source: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS CASSETTE TAPE DISCUSSES THE JUVENILE IN PLACEMENT PROJECT IN PORTLAND, OREGON AND DESCRIBES THE ROLES OF JUDGES, PROSECUTORS, AND SOCIAL WORKERS.
Abstract: PARENTS, COURTS, AND SOCIAL SERVICES TEND TO FORGET ABOOUT THE CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN PLACED IN FOSTER HOMES OR TRAINING INSTITUTIONS. IT IS THE JUDGES' RESPONSIBILITY TO EVENTUALLY SET UP A PERMANENT PLANNING PROGRAM FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL CHILD OR GET EACH CHILD INTO A PERMANENT HOME. OREGON JUDGES HAVE FOUND THAT THE FILES OF MANY CHILDREN WHO WERE GIVEN OUT-OF-HOME PLACEMENT WERE NOT REVIEWED FOR 10 YEARS, RESULTING IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY PERMANENT ARRANGEMENT. ONE JUDGE FOUND THAT 79 CHILDREN WERE LOST, THAT IS, THEY COULD NOT BE FOUND ANYWHERE. FIFTY OF THESE CASES WERE EVENTUALLY FOUND AND ADOPTED, BUT THE OTHER 29 ARE LOST. THE PORTLAND PROJECT DEPENDS ON VOLUNTEERS; THE JUDGE APPOINTS A VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR TO WORK WITH A MEMBER OF THE JUDGE'S STAFF IN ORDER TO REVIEW EVERY CHILD THAT WAS PUT INTO OUT-OF-HOME PLACEMENT AND FOSTER CARE BY THAT COURT. THE JUDGE HAS THE POWER TO BENEFIT THE CHILDREN BY SEEKING OUT STATE CHILD CARE AGENCIES AND DETERMINING WHY CHILDREN ARE STILL IN THEIR ORIGINAL PLACEMENT. IF THERE IS FOSTER CARE, THE STATE PAYS ONLY 30 PERCENT OF THE COST FOR CHILDREN UP TO AGE 21, BUT FOR ADOPTION THE STATE PAYS THE FULL COST UP TO AGE 18. FEDERAL REGULATIONS MUST BE CHANGED IN ORDER TO FUND STATES FOR PLACING CHILDREN IN PERMANENT ADOPTIVE HOMES. THE JUDGE SHOULD SEE THAT THE STATE AGENCY MAKES PLANS FOR THE CHILD, AND THEN BOTH THE JUDGE AND THE AGENCY MUST APPROACH A PROSECUTOR AND PRESENT ALL THE INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN GATHERED. THE PROSECUTOR THEN REPRESENTS THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE STATE, BUT HE DOES NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THE CONCERNS OF THE STATE AGENCY. THE AGENCY SHOULD ALSO HAVE ITS OWN COUNSEL, BUT JUDGES DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO APPOINT ATTORNEYS FOR AGENCIES.
Index Term(s): Child custody; Judicial process; Juvenile foster homes; Legal adoption; Oregon; Prosecutorial discretion; Social service agencies; Tape recordings
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. THIS PROGRAM IS ONE SIDE OF THE AUDIOCASSETTE. FOR THE PROGRAM ON THE OTHER SIDE, SEE NCJ-67691. FOR THE ENTIRE KIT, SEE NCJ-67682.
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