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    • August
      31
      2020
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Child Exploitation in the Digital Age

      As social media changes and evolves, so do the ways children can be targeted and abused – and helped. Brooke Houston discusses the ways the internet can be used to exploit and save children.

    • August
      05
      2020
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Assessing the Impact of Childhood Trauma

      Chronic and persistent adversity impacts development in children as they grow into adults. Melissa Ivens discusses adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and reviews strategies that facilitate healthy development in children.

    • July
      10
      2020
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Preparing for Chapter 48’s New Private Minor Guardianships

      A new private minor guardianship law takes effect Aug. 1, 2020. In this second part of a two-part series, Courtney Roelandts provides tips and suggestions on how to prepare for a smooth transition.

    • June
      16
      2020
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Chapter 48: The New Private Minor Guardianship Law

      A new private minor guardianship law takes effect Aug. 1, 2020. In this first of a two-part series on the new Wis. Stat. chapter 48, Beth Lauck provides a background of private minor guardianships and an overview of the changes under the new law.

    • April
      20
      2020
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      ‘Safer at Home?’ Experts Fear Increase in Child Abuse

      School closures, social isolation, economic uncertainty, and resource limitations create a dangerous environment for children at risk of abuse and neglect. Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, Abigail Hean discusses the issue, and encourages communities to stay diligent.

    • March
      11
      2020
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      State Bar Adopts Policy Position Against Indiscriminate Shackling of Children

      The State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors recently adopted a policy, recommended by the Children and the Law Section, against the indiscriminate shackling of children in court. Eileen Fredericks outlines the need for the policy, and discusses where in Wisconsin this policy is now in action.

    • December
      05
      2019
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Strengthening Families through High Quality Parent Legal Representation

      The legal community can strengthen families by providing, training, and supporting attorneys for parents involved in the child welfare system, says Alaina Fahley, who discusses what high quality parent representation would look like in Wisconsin.

    • September
      24
      2019
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Children With Life Sentences: Juvenile Incarceration in Wisconsin

      Children are different from adults, and should be treated differently within the justice system, says law student Nicole Beitzinger, who explores considerations and recent case law on teens sentenced to life without parole.

    • July
      16
      2019
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Trauma-informed Care and the Role of Guardian ad Litem

      Knowledge of a child's underlying trauma is the first step toward making the most appropriate recommendation regarding the best interest of the child. Kelsey Stefka discusses trauma-informed care and how it can be used by guardians ad litem to better understand their young clients.

    • June
      25
      2019
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Big Changes Considered in Wisconsin TPR and Adoption Law

      Your views needed: The Wisconsin Legislature is exploring reform of Wisconsin’s termination of parental rights (TPR) and adoption systems. Emily Dudak Leiter discusses the details of these potential changes, and urges section members to take the poll, linked at the end of the article, to inform the section board of your views on these critical issues.

    • May
      07
      2019
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Lessons for Guardians ad Litem from 'Milwaukee 53206'

      It is the task of guardians ad litem to get to know the issues their clients are struggling with. Christie A. Linskens Christie discusses the lessons that can be learned from the examination of mass incarceration's impact in one Wisconsin community, as shown in the award-winning film, Milwaukee 53206.

    • February
      13
      2019
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Section Members: Attend Meeting of the Children & the Law Board

      Every year, the State Bar of Wisconsin Children and the Law Section Board holds an open board meeting. Any section member interested in participating is welcomed to attend the Feb. 22 meeting, says board member Katie Holtz, who also provides an update on section activities.

    • December
      14
      2018
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Brussels Sprouts, Pancakes, and Proof in Grandparent Visitation

      Recent Wisconsin Supreme Court oral arguments in Michels v. Lyons dissected the constitutionality of a grandparent visitation statute. Tiffany Highstrom and Sara Vanden Brook discuss the court’s recent oral arguments regarding the statute and cases involved.

    • October
      10
      2018
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Home is Where the Families Are: Open Adoption in Wisconsin

      Some states have decided that open adoption may be considered when it is in the best interests of the child. Brooklyn Kemp writes about the issues, benefits, and disadvantages of open adoption.

    • August
      27
      2018
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      GALs and the Rise of Kinship Care

      Called the "fastest-growing foster care initiative," kinship placement and adoption is on the rise. Kaitlyn Dvorak discusses what guardians ad litem should keep in mind about the benefits and challenges of recommending placement with family members.

    • June
      27
      2018
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      What Is Different About Juvenile Competency?

      Juveniles have a fundamental right to be tried only if competent. What happens when juveniles don’t become competent until they become an adult? Devon Lee discusses issues involved in a case taken up by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    • January
      22
      2018
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care's Legislative Proposals Moving Forward Quickly

      Following the establishment of the Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care, a new legislative package of 13 bills, called Foster Forward, was introduced. Megan DeVore talks about the Foster Forward bills and their potential to bring significant changes to the child welfare system in Wisconsin.

    • December
      12
      2017
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      The Status of LGBT Parental Rights in Wisconsin after Pavan v. Smith

      Recent – and dramatic – changes in the law have granted marriage and parental equality to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families – but should same-sex parents still obtain a court order for adoption? Emily Dudak Taylor and Kristi Baker discuss the relevant recent cases and the best way to ensure a child’s access to both parents for years to come.

    • October
      25
      2017
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Wisconsin Legislature Takes an Active Interest in Foster Care Issues

      The Wisconsin Legislature’s new Task Force on Foster Care represents an opportunity to make meaningful change to keep children safe and to help Wisconsin families be successful, writes Sarah Henery, who encourages those with ideas to get involved.

    • October
      24
      2017
      Children & the Law Section Blog

      Welcome to the Children & the Law Section Blog

      The Children & the Law Section has established the Children & the Law Section Blog to provide its members with valuable information for attorneys who represent various parties including children, parents, and grandparents, as well as agencies that serve children

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