We don’t know enough about peer violence in foster homes

An article this month in Child & Family Social Work looks at the scant amount of research on peer violence in foster homes. Whilst evidence on peer abuse in residential settings is limited even less is known regarding peer abuse in foster care. Although no specific research has been undertaken, work by some (e.g. Farmer […]

ICYMI: John Oliver on the American prison system — racist, stupid, and nothing but a business

This segment was serendipitous timing for the two incarceration opinions that I wrote about earlier this week. Watch it and then argue that a TPR ground based on length of incarceration should exist at all.  I lost my legal innocence in law school on the day I learned that there is a private prison industry, that it has […]

Addressing the Harm of Silence and Assumptions of Mutability

The article’s full title is Addressing the Harm of Silence and Assumptions of Mutability: Implementing effective non-discrimination policies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth in foster care, found here at SSRN. This quote caught me: Children walk the streets today because they were kicked out of a home that saw their struggle as a moral […]

What I’m Reading: Parsing Parenthood

PARSING PARENTHOOD Cynthia Godsoe Lewis & Clark Law Review (Approx. 62 pages) The story public family law tells about parenthood is both inaccurate and normatively misguided. Parents are deemed “bad” because of their need for state support, and the parent-child relationship is accordingly devalued. This devaluation has resulted in costly and ineffective child welfare policies, […]

What I’m Reading: Children’s Health Rights and Family Preservation

Mutcherson, Kimberly M. WHOSE BODY IS IT ANYWAY? AN UPDATED MODEL OF HEALTHCARE DECISION-MAKING RIGHTS FOR ADOLESCENTS, 14 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 251 (2005). Tracy J. Simmons. RELINQUISHING CUSTODY IN EXCHANGE FOR MENTAL HEALTHCARE SERVICES: UNDERMINING THE ADOPTION AND SAFE FAMILIES ACT’S PROMISE OF REASONABLE EFFORTS TOWARDS FAMILY PRESERVATION AND REUNIFICATION, 10 J. L. & Fam. Stud. 377 (2008).    Susan […]