Website of Interest

This is a nice site and great resource for tracking national child welfare legislation. This page, at least, is a fancy blog! I don't know Marcia but she is doing a great job. The only change I would make is to provide the legislation as a PDF instead of HTML. Check it out. Best Interests: Legislation

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When Children Take the Stand

There is undoubtedly an increase in the number of children involved in the judicial system either as victims (there are 500,000 children in foster care all of whom were in court last year), perpetrators (there were 1 million court involved delinquents and status offenders in 1999), and witnesses in divorce, domestic violence and other civil cases. One of the best books on child witnesses remains Anne Graffam Walker's Handbook On Questioning Children: A Linguistic perspective. Another good publication is Evidence in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases by John E.B. Myers. Both ...

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The Boston Globe – TPR Series

I found this article moving and profound. The reporter clearly did an excellent job of presenting the nuances of terminating the parental rights of so-called chronically neglectful parents. Barbara's story is, sadly, typical of the families who are all too frequently involved in the child welfare system: often impoverished, with mental disabilities, inadequate parenting skills (or is that inadequate middle class parenting skills?), unstable employment, no family support and poor decisionmaking skills. She was clearly not abusive; even the social workers acknowledged ...

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Sperm Donor Introductions for Lesbian Couples and Single Women

Okay - close on the heels of Snowflake adoptions we have e-sperm "adoptions." This gives spam a whole new meaning. Be careful ladies when opening any unknown e-mails or you could get more than a virus or worm! Trojan horse comes to mind . . . Seriously now I'm not sure how I feel about this new business model in assisted reproduction. If, as they say, every sperm is sacred - or at least half as sacred as a frozen embryo - then new legal models will have to develop to address e-sperm babies. Or will they? Given the radical nature of internet dating, file sharing and now ...

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Adopted Children and Stepchildren: 2002 Census Special Report

Check out this Census report on the number of adopted children and stepchildren. The numbers are surprising. Adopted Children and Stepchildren: 2000 - Census 2000 Special Report

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Welcome to the World of Blogging!

Welcome to the world's first adoption and child welfare law blog! A blog is a simple way to publish on the internet. Think of it as an online newspaper filled with rich content such as discussion threads, documents and links to other websites. You can even comment on my commentary (coming soon)! It is an exciting new format which is sweeping the internet. This site is still in a somewhat beta format so excuse any gliches. Any comments - just e-mail me at [email protected]

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