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Children, the Law and the Welfare Principle
Perspectives from North America



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ISBN 9781032216898
May 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
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This book continues the themes addressed by its two predecessors in this mini-series by examining the role of the principle of the welfare interests of the child in the law of the U.S. and Canada. It provides a record of the key milestones in its development in each country and conducts a comparative analysis of the contemporary law relating to children in both. In doing so, it focuses also on the Indigenous communities – the AN/AI and the First Nations – of the U.S. and Canada respectively.

By identifying and analysing the functions of the principle in the public (care, protection and control etc), in the private (matrimonial, adoption etc), and in the hybrid (adoption from care, surrogacy etc) sectors of family law, it builds a picture of the law relating to children in the two countries and reveals significant jurisdictional differences. By examining the legislation and related caselaw it assesses the differential effect of the same legal framework on the welfare of Indigenous and other children.

In addition to a digest of cases and legislation that identifies and tracks the role of this legal principle, lawyers, academics and other researchers will find a wealth of information on how it has evolved to reflect corresponding changes in social mores. For those interested in politics and social policy, there is much illuminating evidence on how the law has balanced this principle relative to others within both civil and criminal contexts.

Table of Contents

Dedication

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I

Background

Chap 1 Concepts, Constructs & Cultural Context

Part II

United States of America

Chap 2 Policy, principles, legislation and courts

Chap 3 The welfare principle in contemporary practice: public family law; civil

and criminal jurisdictions

Chap 4 The welfare principle in contemporary practice: private family law and

hybrid proceedings

Part III

Canada

Chap 5 Policy, principles, legislation and courts

Chap 6 The welfare principle in contemporary practice: public family law; civil

and criminal jurisdictions

Chap 7 The welfare principle in contemporary practice: private family law and

hybrid proceedings

Part IV

The Indigenous Children of North America

Chap 8 Americans/Indians and the First Nations/Inuit

Part V

Themes of Commonality and Difference

Chap 9 Themes and a comparative jurisdictional analysis

Conclusion

Select Bibliography

Index

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Author(s)

Biography

Kerry O’Halloran - a professionally qualified lawyer, social worker and academic - has recently retired from 13 years as Adjunct Professor to the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at QUT, Brisbane. In Northern Ireland he served on the Social Care Tribunal and on a HSS Trust Adoption Panel, has advised the Irish government on law reform matters, and has served in a consultancy capacity to government bodies such as Courts Services (Northern Ireland) and to the Open University in England. Previously employed as Assistant Director (Research) at the Centre for Voluntary Action, University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, his 30 books and many other publications, include Conscientious Objection (Springer, 2022), The Politics of Adoption, 4th ed (Springer, 2021), Adoption Law and Human Rights: International Perspectives (Routledge, 2018), Religion, Charity and Human Rights (CUP, 2014) and Child Care and Protection: the Law & Practice in Northern Ireland (Thompson Reuters, 2003).