A national consensus is emerging that zealous leagal representation for parents is crucial to ensure that the child welfare system produces just outcomes for children. Parents' lawyers protect important constitutional rights, prevent the unnecessary entry of children into foster care and guide parents through a complex system.
Sankaran, Vivek. "Protecting a Parent's Right to Counsel in Child Welfare Cases." ABA Child L. Prac. 28, no. 7 (2009): 97, 102-5.