Engaging Noncustodial Fathers in Child Welfare Cases: A Guide for Children's Attorneys and Lawyer Guardians ad Litem.

Page Count
35
Year Published
2010
Author (Individual)
Pilnik, Lisa.
Kendall, Jessica R.
Chiamulera, Claire S.
Author (Organization)
National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System.
American Humane.
ABA Center on Children and the Law.
Resource Type
Brief
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English
As a children's attorney or lawyer guardian ad litem (GAL), your advocacy should include efforts to engage fathers in child welfare cases. Many of your child clients' biological fathers may not live with them when CPS becomes involved with the family. Or, the father may not be accused of abuse or neglect when CPS intervenes. This guide offers practice tips to identify and engage these fathers in your child clients' cases. Some of this material may also be useful when working with noncustodial mothers or custodial fathers. The information and tips will help you make informed recommendations about children's best interests, and promote father engagement that supports those interests. (Author abstract)

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