Resources for Parents' Attorneys in Dependency Cases

Fact Sheet on Child Support in Dependency Cases
This fact sheet provides answers to frequently asked questions about parental child support obligations, including when the child is in DHS custody, has special needs, or was removed due to domestic violence in the home, and where the parents' rights to the child have been terminated.

 

Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal, Fall 2009
Focusing specifically on parent representation, this issue includes several useful articles, including "Representing Parents with Disabilities in Child Protection Proceedings" and reflections by a parent, child advocate and judge.

By State Bar of Michigan Children's Law Section, 2009.

 

Protecting a Parent's Right to Counsel in Child Welfare Cases
This article explains the importance of competent parent representation, reviews the national status of right to counsel for parents, and proposes policy improvements to strengthen parent representation.

By Vivek S. Sankaran, in Child Law Practice, Vol. 28, No. 7, September 2009.