Anticipatory neglect—Protecting children or going too far?By Nicole OnoratoMarch 2010It is well-established law that parents have a fundamental constitutional right to the care, custody and control of their children, and this right is given great deference and protection by our laws. However, in the context of child abuse and neglect, this right is subject to termination.
Case law updateBy Carly ShainkerDecember 2010A list of recent cases affecting child law practitioners.
Europe adopts proportionality as standard for juvenile justiceBy Elizabeth ClarkeNovember 2010The European Rules require that sanctions/punishment must depend on the gravity of the offense committed, and take into account the youth’s age, physical and mental well-being, development, capacities and personal circumstances.
Helpful changes to the Probate ActBy John HalloranSeptember 2010The amendments to the Probate Act, which become effective early next year, will provide definitive answers for practitioners and will protect the rights of parents and the best interests of minor children.
National report highlights Redeploy IllinoisBy Elizabeth ClarkeNovember 2010A recently released research brief highlights Redeploy Illinois as a key example of a successful state program to reduce juvenile justice spending without compromising public safety.
Putative Father Registry—A primerBy Christina Schneider & Don C. HammerMarch 2010The Putative Father Registry (“PFR”) was established by the Illinois Legislature as part of broad changes that were made to the Illinois Adoption Act in 1994.
Setting child support—Part IBy Sara A. StolbergJune 2010The first in a series of articles that help identify common issues in determining child support.
Spotlight on community services: RainbowsBy Nicole OnoratoDecember 2010The first article in a series that will highlight community organizations providing services to children above and beyond what's considered traditional.
Victim-offender mediation: An alternativeBy Don C. HammerSeptember 2010During Victim-offender mediation, the victim has an opportunity to confront the offender and explain to the offender the effect of the crime on the victim’s life. The offender gets to see first-hand the effect of his actions on another person and to take responsibility for what he has done.