Section Newsletter Articles on Child Law

CASA—Volunteers and training Child Law, September 2015 As CASA in Illinois continues to grow to meet the needs of abused and neglected children, more volunteers as well as more professionals willing to share their talents to train volunteers are needed. To learn more about CASA in Illinois, please visit
Public Act 98-084—Makes technical corrections to the definitions in the Adoption Act and the Child Care Act and to expand venue options By Linda S. Coon Child Law, January 2015 Details of this new legislation and how it affects existing statutes.
Assessing children’s forensic interview statements By Amy Russell Child Law, March 2013 A discussion of several elements that might assist in assessing the internal reliability of a child’s interview statements.
Casenote: In re A.P. and J.P. , 2012 IL 113875 By Kimberly L. Dahlen Child Law, March 2013 The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the appellate court’s decision to reverse the circuit court's finding.
Navigating Juvenile Court By Bridget L. Schott Child Law, March 2013 An overview of juvenile law, for those attorneys who may be unfamiliar.
Child custody and military families By Catherine M. Ryan Child Law, September 2012 Caring, competent parents should not lose custody of their children because they answer the call of their country.
Adoption code changes affecting access to birth certificates By Kimberly L. Dahlen and Ayla N. Ellison Child Law, August 2011 Beginning November 15, 2011, any adopted adult or surrendered person, who was born in Illinois on or after January 1, 1946, may complete and file a request for a non-certified copy of an original birth certificate.
Recent adoption legislation By Linda S. Coon Child Law, August 2011 Read about the recent legislation that amends the Illinois Adoption Act.
Child sex exploitation study probes extent of victimization in Illinois By Jessica Ashley Women and the Law, June 2008 The commercial sexual exploitation of children in the United States, often referred to as “modern day slavery,” is a multi-million-dollar industry supported by revenue from prostitution and pornography.
Legislation-Passed bills By Steve Baker Child Law, June 2008 The following are summaries of new legislation in Illinois affecting the practice of criminal law. As these are summaries only, the Public Act should be reviewed before reliance.
Best practices for private attorneys defending female juveniles, or, The top 10 tips for juvie attorneys By Mary F. Petruchius Women and the Law, January 2008 In 30-some words or less, could you explain the approach the attorney should take in representing a juvenile client?
IDEA 2004 embraces broader mandate for evaluation, eligibility and FAPE By Matthew Cohen Child Law, September 2007 IDEA 2004 contained sweeping new language regarding the scope of evaluation, the considerations for eligibility and for programming.
Child law legislation By Steve Baker Child Law, June 2007 Legislation of interest to child law practitioners.
Changes to impartial due process hearings for children with disabilities By Gail Friedman Child Law, March 2007 Public Law PA 94-1100, amending and changing sections of the School Code pertaining to children with disabilities, was signed into law by Governor Rod Blagojevich on February 2, 2007.
Creating a collaborative atmosphere: Child Representatives, guardians-ad-litem, and attorneys for children By Ralla Klepak Child Law, December 2006 Children require and are entitled to quality representation by lawyers who are diligent, competent, insightful, and vigorous in their respective roles as advocates for the voiceless.
Overview of DCFS investigations By Janet Wukus Ahern Child Law, December 2006 This year over 70,000 people will call the Department of Children and Family Services hotline to report suspected abuse or neglect of a child.
Illinois State Bar Association Task Force on Attorneys for Minor Children By Robert K. Downs and John T. Phillips Family Law, June 1999 In the past 10 years the general public and the legal community have become much more sensitive to the issue of children's involvement in the legal system in the areas of divorce, custody, visitation, support and paternity.