Legal ethics in child welfare cases.
Renne, Jennifer L.
viii, 120 p.
Publication Information: Washington, DC : ABA Center on Children and the Law.
Available from: ABA Center on Children and the Law
740 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
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Lawyers for children and parents in child welfare cases face different ethical issues than most other attorneys. This reference describes how to apply the spirit of the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct to provide quality representation for parents, children, and families. The chapters examine common situations faced by child advocates, including the protection of confidences, representation for clients with diminished cognitive capacity, conflicts of interest, collaboration with other parties in a case, and litigation. Specific topics include the differences between confidentiality and privilege, determinations of client capacity, the identification of a client's wishes, and communications with the child, the parent, and caseworkers. Guidelines for guardians ad litem also are discussed. The appendices include a list of resources and a commentary on select model rules. Numerous notes.
ethics; Promising practices; child welfare; legal processes; court litigation; case law; courts; lawyers role; guardians ad litem; right to counsel; privacy