They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families at Risk

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Diane L. Redleafauthor

Diane L. Redleaf has been a leading family defense attorney and policy advocate for over three decades. Since she graduated from Stanford Law School in 1979, she has led dozens of successful class action suits, appeals and policy reform initiatives on behalf of families.

They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families at Risk

20181031

Praeger

Pages 304
Topics Current Events and Issues

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They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families at Risk

Author(s): Redleaf, Diane;
Contributors: Redleaf, Diane;
Abstract:

This account of six families whose children were wrongly seized by child protection services vividly illustrates the constitutional balancing act where medicine, family interests, and child safety can clash.


• Illustrates how the mantra "best interests of the child" masks errors, assumptions, and stereotypes that hide the real harm child protection policies are doing to children and families

• Reveals how families are wrongly separated when overworked and underskilled caseworkers jump to conclusions of guilt, ignoring evidence of innocence

• Focuses on the child protection system from the moment of intervention—starting with the child abuse hotline call that targets a specific child as a victim and his or her parents as suspects

• Highlights the many decision points, attitudes, policies, and practices that operate to make even innocent parents vulnerable to having their children taken from them

• Explains why basic due process principles ordered by federal and state courts would go a long way to help families, but cautions that just results depend on effective family defense counsel

SortTitle: they took the kids last night: how the child protection system puts families at risk
Keyword(s): Current Events and Issues
Author Info:
Diane L. Redleafauthor

Diane L. Redleaf has been a leading family defense attorney and policy advocate for over three decades. Since she graduated from Stanford Law School in 1979, she has led dozens of successful class action suits, appeals and policy reform initiatives on behalf of families.

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Print ISBN-13: 9781440866289
Imprint: Praeger
Pages: 304
Publication Date: 20181031