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The Child Protection Law, MCLA 722.630, and the Juvenile Court Rules, MCR 5.915 (B)(2), require the Juvenile Court to appoint an attorney for the child in child protection proceedings. Although the child protection law identifies some of the expectations of the child's counsel,t many questions remain. What does it mean to be a good child advocate in these cases? How does one identify the best interests of the children? What is the place of the child's wishes in identifying the goals of the advocate? Beyond the letter of the law, what ought to be the proper role of the child's representative in child abuse and neglect proceedings?


Reproduced with permission. Copyright 1988, State Bar of Michigan.