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Dec/Jan 2007Vol. 7, No. 9Standards of Practice for Parents' Attorneys

In an effort to promote quality and consistency of practice throughout the country for parents' attorneys in child abuse and neglect cases, the American Bar Association (ABA) Center on Children and the Law has released a new document, "Standards of Practice for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse and Neglect Cases." The standards were written with the help of a committee of practicing parents' attorneys and child welfare professionals.

The standards address the basic obligations of parents' attorneys, the obligations of the agency attorney manager, and the role of the court. The standards have been endorsed by the National Association of Counsel for Children. The full-text document is available on the ABA website: (269 KB)