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Representing Parents

Effective Advocacy Can Make a Difference

By Douglas J. Besharov

Unfortunately, the legal representation that parents receive in child protective proceedings often leaves much to be desired—from the point of view of the parents as well as society. This article argues that parental rights can be protected without jeopardizing the safety and well-being of maltreated children, and that society benefits when court intervention is limited to situations of real danger to children.

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