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  • May 2017
  • Vol. 18, No. 3

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Legal Representation Guide Now Available

Child welfare cases can present unusual situations that can have significant implications for a child’s legal advocate. The Children’s Bureau identified inadequate representation of children as a chief obstacle to achieving a well-functioning child welfare system.

Children's Justice: How to Improve Legal Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System reports findings from the National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System (QIC-ChildRep), a project of the University of Michigan Law School supported by the U.S. Children’s Bureau.

This guide presents findings regarding the following:

  • Rationale for the QIC-ChildRep best practice model and the six core skills
  • Specifics of the training in the six core skills
  • Lawyer voices as they implemented the new approach
  • Improved child outcomes based on random assignment experimental design
  • Profile of lawyers representing children, their major activities, and the impact of those activities
  • Empirical support for social worker/lawyer teams representing children in child welfare cases  
  • Recommendations for the future of child representation based on the QIC-ChildRep experience

Children's Justice: How to Improve Legal Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System is available for purchase in both hardcopy and e-book formats at https://shop.americanbar.org/eBus/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?productId=267852527&term=Children%27s+Justice.

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