We’ve heard a lot lately about how broken our child protection system is in the country. There are horrible stories about kids suffering—or dying—because they remain in dangerous homes. What’s really going on in child protection cases?
I’ve worked as a lawyer in child protection cases in Minnesota for years. Here’s what’s happening in my state:
Most people are aware that children charged with crimes in Juvenile Court all have the right to a lawyer. But what about younger children? Kids who may be in Juvenile Court because of child protection matters, for instance. Do children in Juvenile Court have advocates?
Here’s an example from my own practice as a lawyer in Juvenile Court. …