Blog: Seeking Justice for Children
The Seeking Justice for Children blog is a collaborative effort among attorneys, academics, and other advocates for children's rights. To submit an item for posting, please email Kimberly Jordan, director of the Justice for Children Project, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s News Round-Up
Over the last month, there has been so much good writing about children in the legal system. Take this series from the New York Times, highlighting the difficulties of one low-income family seeking to stabilize their housing situation. It will leave you wanting to know more about how Dasani fares as she ages.
Rarely featured in the major news are tales of routine parental rights termination cases. Where is Your Mother, a New Yorker article, discusses one mother’s battle to maintain a legally-recognized relationship with her son after committing a terrifying act of neglect. How do parents prove that they will not repeat the mistakes of their past? When should the court system be allowed to forever alter a child’s legal relationship with his mother
And the reports! The Children’s Law Center calculates a 43% drop in the number of youth being bound over to adult court in Ohio in a report found here. Nonetheless, youth are being bound over at a higher rate when the number of felony juvenile court adjudications is considered. Youth in adult prisons routinely face isolation, a higher rate of assault, and are more likely to recidivate after completing their sentence.
Did you see this report discussing gun violence? With respect to children, it discusses developmental risk and positive intervention practices that reduce the likelihood that an individual will commit a gun atrocity.
As my semester wraps up, I have reflected on my students’ work. Eight students took the Justice for Children Clinic at Moritz this fall. Collectively, they handled 25 matters. They represented children as young as 12. They helped children accused of committing crimes, children being pushed out of school, children who needed to adjust their immigration status, and children without parents to look out for their needs. Their work was inspiring and rooted in belief that children deserve competent, caring professionals who will listen, above all else, to their voices. I am grateful for my students’ bravery, dedication, and hard work.