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2000 Jordan Institute
for Families

Vol. 5, No. 3
August 2000

Who's Who in Juvenile Court
 
Interests
Balance to Strike
Role
Training
Child welfare social worker/DSS attorney
Child protection for all abused and neglected children in county
Desire to reunify family versus desire to keep child safe/achieve timely permanency
Investigator, service provider
Educational and/or DSS training and ongoing supervision
Guardian ad Litem/GAL attorney
Representing interests and wishes for a specific child
Virgorous advocacy for client versus cooperation with other agency constraints
Advocates for child only (is not equipped to provide services)
Volunteer training and ongoing supervision
Parents/
Parents' attorney
Representing the parents' wishes with regard to their children
Zealous client advocacy versus best interest of child and family
Advocate for parents
Varies widely; most represent parents as part of a more general practice

 

 

2000 Jordan Institute for Families