Category Archives: TPR

Giving Parents a Voice in CHINS and TPR Cases

Giving Parents a Voice: The Legal Representation of Parents in Child Welfare Cases, a video by the Supreme Court of Mississippi, features interviews of experts filmed during the 2013 American Bar Association (ABA) Parent Attorney Conference.  The majority of the film is … Continue reading

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In re S.E. — Court May Require Sign Language Interpreter

In re S.E. was a termination of parental rights case during which the mother preferred to communicate orally, rather than through a sign language interpreter.  Originally the trial court agreed to mother’s preferred procedure.  However, after attempting to take testimony … Continue reading

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Identifying a Brainwashed Child in Family Law Cases

The American Bar Association, Section of Family Law, has published Child Held Hostage: Identifying Brainwashed Children, Presenting a Case and Crafting Solutions (2nd Edition) by Stanley S. Clawar and Brynne V. Rivlin.  The book focuses on how children may be … Continue reading

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Two New TPR Cases Involving Incarceration

Over the last few years, there have been several termination of parental rights (TPR) cases published by the Indiana appellate courts involving incarcerated parents.  Two more were added to the list in July 2014: In the Matter of the Termination … Continue reading

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DCS and Native American Children

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978 is a federal law that pertains to the removal of a Native American child from the home during a CHINS or termination of parental rights case.  The ICWA mandates that the child’s … Continue reading

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National Reunification Month — June

The American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law (ABA) sponsors National Reunification Month each June.  Many states host activities, but none are listed in Indiana.  The ABA National Reunification Month website lists planning tools for reunification celebrations, as well … Continue reading

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Attorneys for CASA/GAL

Attorneys should be appointed for court appointed special advocates (CASA’s) and guardian ad litems (GAL’s) to ensure that the CASA/GAL’s are as effective as possible in representing the best interests of the child in juvenile court.  While representation of a … Continue reading

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