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A Lawyer's Role: Ensuring the Health of Children and Youth in Foster Care

December 2013

Eva J. Klain, J.D., Director, Child and Adolescent Health, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law

Too often, legal professionals only come into contactwith children and youth when they are involved insome type of court action—whether before a judge independency cases, for delinquency or status offenses, or indomestic relations proceedings (such as custody, visitation,child support, and domestic violence). Judges and lawyers aretrained to identify legal, rather than medical, issues. They needto focus, however, on the health and well-being of their clientswhen safety considerations require that a child be removedfrom his or her home and placed in foster care.Many children and youth enter foster care with


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