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Legal Rights of Children

NASW Law Note

Legal Rights of Children

NASW General Counsel, NASW Legal Defense Fund

ISBN: 978-0-87101-396-5. 2010. Item #3965. 126 pages.



Paperback $29.99

Legal Rights of Children is part of a series of General Counsel Law Notes written with the support of the NASW Legal Defense Fund. This Law Note highlights the various approaches taken by states concerning how the legal status and age of a child affect the right to sue, the right to make treatment decisions concerning the child's care, the right to contract, the right to educational services, and the right to be free from abuse and neglect. The complex legal issues surrounding the determination of what constitutes a "family" or a "child" in the 21st century are also reviewed, as are adoption laws, the foster care system, divorce and child custody, visitation, and support.

The NASW General Counsel Law Note series provides information to social workers about legal topics of concern to the social work profession. The Law Notes are developed with the support and financial assistance of the NASW Legal Defense Fund (LDF). Contents vary by title, but generally include legal information, civil procedure, contracts, legal methods, and glossaries. Checklists, timetables, case law, and other resources help social workers understand and exercise their legal rights and responsibilities as well as the rights and responsibilities of their clients.