Posts Tagged due process

Michigan Court of Appeals Demands Due Process for Families in Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings

Michigan Court of Appeals Demands Due Process for Families in Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings

Are we here for the parents, or are we here for the kids? That’s a question that underlies nearly every child welfare policy issue, and it’s a question often asked of and by child and family advocates. Yet it’s a question, in my view, that reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of how to protect children. Arbitrary, lawless removals by child protective services don’t just run roughshod over parents’ rights. They also threaten the safety, stability and well-being of kids themselves. The

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Joshua (DeShaney) Braam: Honoring the Person and Reconsidering the Case that, Sadly, Reached the Right Legal Result

Joshua (DeShaney) Braam: Honoring the Person and Reconsidering the Case that, Sadly, Reached the Right Legal Result

“Poor Joshua!” Justice Harry Blackmun’s dissent captured many children’s advocates’ responses to DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services. Randy DeShaney repeatedly beat his son Joshua and eventually brain damaged him, all while the local CPS officials were aware of the abuse and did not intervene. The Supreme Court held that the Due Process Clause did not give Joshua a legal remedy against the agency. When I first read the case as a law student, I was angry –

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Why Ferguson Matters To All Of Us: Due Process for Impoverished Families

Why Ferguson Matters To All Of Us: Due Process for Impoverished Families

ArchCity Defenders represents the indigent on a pro bono basis in criminal and civil legal matters while working closely with social service providers to connect clients with services. Our primary goal has been to remove the legal barriers preventing our homeless clients from accessing the housing, job training, and treatment they need to get on with their lives. Our work takes place primarily in the municipal courts, which have jurisdiction over infractions for mostly traffic-related offenses. We focus our policy

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