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1st Edition

Handbook of Children in the Legal System

ISBN 9780367027810
Published August 26, 2021 by Routledge
396 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook brings together the relevant literature on children and their developmental characteristics, the legal venues in which they may appear, and the systemic issues practitioners must consider to provide a thorough guide to working with children in the legal system.

Featuring contributions from leading mental health and legal experts, chapters start with an overview and history of the juvenile justice system along with discussion of critical developmental areas imperative to consider for work with children, and idiosyncratic issues that arise. The book ends with a case presentation section that illustrates the varied roles and venues in which children appear in the legal system. An extended bibliography provides additional resources and literature to investigate specific topics in greater length.

This accessible and useable guide is designed to appeal to a broad range of people encountering children in the legal system, including social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, attorneys, and judges. It will also benefit professions such as law enforcement as well as probation officers, child protective workers, school personnel, and medical personnel.

Table of Contents



Ginger C. Calloway and S. Margaret Lee

PART ONE: Overview 

Section I: Overview of Juvenile Justice System

Chapter 1: The Push-Me-Pull-You of Juvenile Justice

Mary Cecil Wilson

Chapter 2: A View from the Bench: Perspectives of a Former Juvenile Court Judge.

Marcia Morey

Section II: Developmental Variables

Chapter 3: Children’s Memory for Forensically Relevant Experiences

Lynne Baker-Ward, Peter Ornstein, and Taylor E. Thomas

Chapter 4: Navigating Tricky Waters: Understanding and Supporting Children’s Testimony about Experiencing and Witnessing Violence.

Deborah Goldfarb, Hana Chae. and Laura Shambaugh

PART TWO: Assessment

Chapter 5: Assessment: Methods, Measures, Protocols and Report Writing

S. Margaret Lee

PART THREE: Case Studies

Chapter 6: Out of Home Care: Depending on the Kindness of Strangers

Barbara L. Mercer

Chapter 7: Attachment Relationships for Attorneys: Using Expert Testimony to Guide the Courts Determination of Children’s Best Interests in Family Court Cases

Alicia Jurney, Introduction by Ginger C. Calloway

Chapter 8: Considerations when Working with Central American Immigrant Children in the Legal System

Giselle A. Hass

Chapter 9: Adolescent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Civil Aren

Amy Levy

Chapter 10: Interviewing Children about Sexual Abuse

Jacqueline Singer

Chapter 11: Interpersonal Violence and Children

Nancy W. Olesen

Chapter 12: Giving Voice to Children in Non-Traditional Families

Deborah Wald and S. Margaret Lee

Chapter 13: Hague Convention Cases

S. Margaret Leeand Brent D. Seymour

Chapter 14: Resist Refuse Dynamics in Family Law with Young Child

Ginger C. Calloway and S. Margaret Lee

Chapter 15: A Case of Juvenile Homicide with Complex Issues of Mental Illness and Developmental Disorder

Ginger C. Calloway

Chapter 16: The Role of Advocates for Children in Dependency Court

Sally Wilson Erny

Appendix A

Appendix B



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Ginger C. Calloway, PhD, is a clinically trained psychologist whose areas of forensic expertise include evaluation for Atkins’ cases, evaluations of juveniles, evaluations for various legal competencies, and specific areas of consultation to attorneys.

S. Margaret Lee, PhD, is a psychologist whose work focus is providing services to divorcing families and family law attorneys. Dr. Lee is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences in different areas of psychology/family law.


"In a time when children have been largely silenced during this global pandemic, Drs. Ginger Calloway and Margaret Lee have given careful, thoughtful and compassionate voice to children involved in our legal systems. Featuring internationally known legal and mental health scholars with impeccable reputations in the legal community, this edited book provides a key resource for learning about the various legal systems that impact children, including juvenile justice, dependency, family law, immigration and criminal. Written by practitioners for practitioners, this book is both comprehensive and easy to read with several case studies to expand on concepts and to showcase the voices of children. This book is a must read for both mental health and legal professionals working with children in the legal system and for students interested in children and the law."

Michael Saini, PhD, MSW, RSW, associate professor, Factor-Inwentash chair in Law and Social Work, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada