Case law updateBy Ellen PaulingOctober 2002State filed a petition against mother seeking termination of her parental rights to five of her children. Trial court found mother unfit as to each of the five children based on "the extended period that the mother had no contact with the children" and then terminated her rights to her two youngest children
Child protection law updateBy Catherine M. RyanJuly 2002In 1997, T.R. (16 months) swallowed several prescription antidepressant pills and became comatose.
Child protection law updateBy Catherine M. RyanJanuary 2002Mother and her attorney repeatedly told the court that R.S. was conceived by artificial insemination through an anonymous sperm donor.
Child welfare case law updateBy Judge Thomas MuellerJuly 2002Any adult person, including a child's court appointed guardian ad litem, may file a motion/petition to terminate parental rights.
Deaf parties have special needsBy Susan O’Neal JohnsonDecember 2002Deaf parties to juvenile abuse and neglect proceedings have certain rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.
Defining habitual drunkennessBy Susan O’Neal JohnsonOctober 2002The decision in In Re J. J. helps define the evidence that can be considered in petitions seeking to terminate parental rights pursuant to allegations of habitual drunkenness or addiction to drugs, under 750 ILCS 50/1(D)(k).
Delinquency case law updateBy Kulmeet S. GalhotraMay 2002In re R.A.B, 197 Ill. 2d 358, 757 N.E. 2d 887, 259 Ill. Dec. 24 (2001), a case concerning the fundamental right to trial by jury, was issued on September 20, 2001.
From the benchJuly 2002The Juvenile Justice System by its nature deals with a diverse group of young people involved in a wide spectrum of cases ranging from minor offenses to very serious and violent crimes
From the chairBy Kathryn BischoffMay 2002Congratulations to our newsletter editor and co-editors: We are well on our way to publishing five editions this year! Stay tuned.
Second District addresses the court’s failure to admonishBy Kathryn BischoffOctober 2002Two seemingly opposite opinions have recently been handed down by the Second District Appellate Court on the issue of disturbing a finding of unfitness based on the trial court's failure to admonish a parent to comply with the conditions of the DCFS service plan.
Should your child client be in a different school?By Joy RogersFebruary 2002Selection of an appropriate school for a child may become a legal matter in a variety of situations including delinquency, neglect and/or abuse, child custody, special education conflicts, and McKinney Act issues. Parties in such actions are often in conflict about what school arrangements are best for the affected child. The issues to be weighed are complex.
Sycamore police peer jury programBy Steve CookFebruary 2002Thirteen-year old Mike stands in front of a group of kids telling them how he shoplifted at the local grocery store.
Termination: two and two for the springBy Terrence M. MadsenJanuary 2002The parental rights termination provisions of 750 ILCS 50/1 went two and two this spring in the constitutional challenge area.
The youth court option: Now that’s a young prosecutorBy Terrence M. MadsenOctober 2002The scene in the Knox County courtroom is pretty much the same as at any routine juvenile proceeding except that the prosecutor is 14, the defense "attorney" is 16 and a "jury" of 13-17 year-olds are hearing evidence in aggravation and mitigation in anticipation of imposing a very real sentence.