The voice of the child has been dramatically strengthened in the past ten years. The law guardian has been reinvented as the attorney for the child in all cases, and involvement of children in their foster care cases has now been legislated. Judges and lawyers alike have had to adapt to a more active approach to the role of the child in Family Court and family law proceedings. This program will go beyond the recognized right of children to be represented effectively, and to be heard, to consider what wisdom the children can bring to the proceedings, from their unique knowledge and understanding of their circumstances to the developmental limitations of their age, in both child custody and child welfare cases. The means of input, from in camera interviews and forensic reports to presentation of their cases by their attorneys, will be critically examined.
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