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by Howard Mintz

Dependency Court: Those trying to regain custody of children often are represented by inexperienced attorneys.

Critics say overworked, underpaid and often inexperienced lawyers are shortchanging parents in a near-invisible but crucial corner of the justice system.

December 5, 1999

by Barbara White Stack

Every weekend, Jessica Regelman takes her twins for an outing, which would be unremarkable, except that technically, they aren't hers anymore. They belong to Vicky and Dr. Steven Neeley of Brighton Township. The Neeleys adopted Alex and Amber on Sept. 3,

Regelman still gets to see them because she chose the Neeleys to adopt her children, much against the wishes of Beaver County Children and Youth Services. But Beaver County CYS didn't just fight her attempts to choose adoptive parents for her son and daughter. It also acted quickly to end her parental rights, even though she had never been accused of abusing or neglecting her children.


September 14, 1999

by Testimony of Bruce Wiseman

We stand at the dawn of the 21st century with technology hurtling us into a space-age future while an estimated 5 million American children have been legally placed on mind-bending drugs. These drugs are not only addictive but are ti

The use of these drugs - on a dramatic rise amongst school children, particularly over the last two decades - is a primary factor in the creation of acts of random senseless violence among our youth. Indeed, while all manner of reasons have been offered for the recent rash of school shootings, the simple but frightening fact is that the rise of senseless violence in our schools is date coincident with, and directly tied to, the increased use of these prescribed mind altering, mood-changing drugs.

Ecology of Mind

July 20, 1999

by Mollie Martin

Child protection services agencies accused of abuse.

Five-year-old Deborah Hasson was pulled out of her kindergarten class and taken to the nurse's office. Her ears were bright red, and the child constantly complained of an intense pain. The school, required by law to report anything of this nature, called Child Protective Services in Fromberg, Mont.

July 6, 1999

by Wilbur and Pamela Gaston

In 1999, the Oregon Attorney General Hardy Meyers gave an opinion filed in federal court that Oregonians do not have the right to protect themselves if they are the victims of criminal abuse, fraud or abuse of authority by civil servants and authorities.

Mr. Meyers, through assistant Attorney General Cynthia Botsois, also stated that parents have no legal right to stand in the court for the protection of their children when the children are being knowingly abused in State custody, even though their parental rights have not been terminated by the courts.

A Voice for Children

February 23, 1999

Understanding Federal, State, and Local Child Welfare Spending

This report is part of the Urban Institute's Assessing the New Federalism project, a multi-year effort to monitor and assess the devolution of social programs from the federal to the state and local levels.

Urban Institute

January 1, 1999

by Richard Kuhn and John Guidubaldi, D.Ed.

This paper compares divorce rate trends in the United States in states that encourage joint physical custody (shared parenting) with those in states that favor sole custody.

States with high levels of joint physical custody awards (over 30%) in 1989 and 1990 have shown significantly greater declines in divorce rates in following years through 1995. Divorce rates declined nearly four times faster in high joint custody states, compared with states where joint physical custody is rare.

October 23, 1997

National Center for Youth Law - (also known as Dupuy v. McDonald and Tara S. v. McDonald)

This case against the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) addresses the constitutionality of the "credible evidence" standard for indicated child abuse and neglect reports, the procedures applied during investigations, and an inadequate expungement process.

June 11, 1997

by Margot Hornblower

In the sordid underworld of sunny Los Angeles County, where 40,000 children have been removed from their violent, neglectful or drug-addicted families, the pink-stucco True Way Baptist Church may well be a station on the road to salvation.

Just ask Delores Mayes, 28, whose children were seized and placed in foster homes when her crack habit got out of hand. Faced with losing them for good, Mayes entered a detox program for six months but had nowhere to take them when she emerged. That is when the church, under contract to the county, stepped in: its outreach workers found her housing and furniture.

Time Magazine

December 11, 1995

by Jacqueline Haessly

Child Protective Services came under close scrutiny recently during the National Governor's Conference meeting in Burlington, VT.

A forum, held during the Governor's Conference (which had children's issues as its theme), drew national attention to the need for reform of Child Protective Services (CPS) throughout the country.

Lifting the Veil

December 10, 1995


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