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An Example of the Child Welfare Runaway Train

Below is link to an article demonstrating what happens when there are no checks and balances on the State’s inordinate power to remove children from their families. http://www.policestateusa.com/2013/justina-pelletier-custody-battle/” title=”Parents lose custody of teen after seeking 2nd medical...

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 42,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click here to see the complete...

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Scientific Bases (or lack thereof) of Psychological Evaluation Data

Ever notice how psychologists in child welfare cases testify?  Their opinions are usually stated within a reasonable degree of psychological certainty.  But are they?  Do the psychologists’ opinion critically examine alternative theories or hypotheses?  Do they confirm that the diagnoses rendered and their consequential alleged impact upon parenting are generally accepted in the...

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Allison C. Williams presents to the Haydn Proctor Inns of Court

On December 4, 2013, Allison C. Williams will be presenting to the Haydn Proctor Inns of Court. The presentation topic will be Substance Abuse and the Family Law Client. This issue greatly impacts our society. Many assumptions are made about addiction and parenting that cause difficulty for family court judges. Should addiction cause an immediate removal of children? When is excessive alcohol...

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Extraordinary Power of Division Caseworkers

A child welfare parent defense attorney colleague recently shared with us an article out of Seattle, Washington. The termination of a mother’s parental rights was reversed on appeal. One of many infirmities with the trial Court’s opinion was that the mother was less than pleasant to her agency caseworker. Specifically, the Appellate Court held: “While [the mother] had a duty to...

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