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The attorney representing a child needs to gather considerable information about his client. He needs to know the nature of the child's home environment, his present placement, his condition and adaptation to placement if the child is out of the home, his reasonable preferences for placement. He needs to know the age of the child, the child's capabilities and limitations, the number of siblings, the make-up of the family, the circumstances which led to removal, the legal and social alternatives available to the child and his family.


1981, Published in Protecting Children through the Legal System, Washington, D.C.: American Bar Association, 1981, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or downloaded or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.