Law and Human Rights

Everyday Law for Children

Product Description

Everyday Law for Children provides an accessible introduction to laws that affect children and families and the dominant public debates that surround and drive these laws.

Using real-world examples, the book exposes the tension between reliance on the private, autonomous family and the public’s desire to secure child well-being. A look at some public systems, such as child welfare and juvenile delinquency, shows that an initial public aspiration to assist children and families is often frustrated by a lack of resolve and resources. In other areas, such as education and healthcare, the public shrinks from a commitment to comprehensive child well-being.

Everyday Law for Children makes a case for the improvement of public systems by focusing on pragmatic goals related to child well-being. More immediately, it makes a case for zealous advocates for children who can have a dramatic impact on children’s everyday lives. Accordingly, the book provides an annotated list of resources and contact information for parents and for service providers who need help addressing specific problems within complex public systems.

About The Author

David J. Herring, Professor of Law at University of Pittsburgh, has written extensively on child welfare law issues. His work focuses on behavioral biology and the implications for children in foster care. He founded the Child Welfare Law Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and was instrumental in starting the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program in Pittsburgh.

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