From 2009 to 2016 the University of Michigan Law School served as the National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System (QIC-ChildRep). This article provides the final recommendations of this project. These recommendations have not yet been published in the academic literature. This article first summarizes the research findings of the QIC-ChildRep project. Then it sets out QIC-ChildRep recommendations for: 1) Training and supervision of lawyers; 2) State statutes and rules governing lawyers for children; 3) State organizational structure to support child representation; 4) Strategies for recruiting lawyers in this specialty; 5) Caseload size; 6) Multidisciplinary approaches to legal representation of children; and 7) Promotion of certification for lawyers as specialist in child welfare law.
Juvenile Law | Law | Legal Profession
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Duquette, Donald, "How to Improve Legal Representation of Children in America's Child Welfare System" (2022). Law & Economics Working Papers. 233.