Handbook of Children in the Legal System
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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, probation officers, child protective workers, school personnel, and medical personnel.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Michael Saini
Preface and Introductory Chapter: Overview and Outline of the book
Section I: Overview of Juvenile Justice System
Chapter 1: "The Push-Me-Pull-You of Juvenile Justice" by Mary Cecil Wilson, JD, Chief Juvenile Public Defender, Wake County, North Carolina.
Chapter 2: "A View from the Bench: Perspectives from a Former Juvenile Court Judge." By Marcia Morey, JD, North Carolina House of Representatives, 30th District; Former Chief District Court Judge, 14th Judicial District, North Carolina; Member Governor James Hunt’s Commission on Juvenile Crime and Justice.
Section II: Developmental Variables
Chapter 3: "Children’s Memory for Forensically Relevant Experiences." Lynne Baker-Ward, PhD, North Carolina State University, Peter Ornstein, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Taylor E. Thomas, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chapter 4: "Navigating Tricky Waters: Understanding and Supporting Children’s Testimony About Experiencing and Witnessing Violence." Deborah Goldfarb, PhD, Florida International University.
Chapter 5: "Assessment: Methods, Measures, Protocols and Report Writing." S. Margaret Lee, PhD.
PART 4: CASE STUDIES
Chapter 6: "Out of Home Care: Depending on the Kindness of Strangers." Barbara L. Mercer, PhD, West Coast Children’s Clinic, Oakland, California.
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, JD, Partner, Smith Debnam Law Firm, Raleigh, North Carolina and Introduction by Ginger C. Calloway, PhD.
Chapter 8: "Considerations When Working with Central American Immigrant Children in the Legal System." Giselle Hass, PsyD, ABAP, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist.
Chapter 9: "Adolescent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Civil Arena." Amy Levy, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice in California and North Carolina, Civil Forensics and Assessment Practice, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Practice, Clinical Member, Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas.
Chapter 10: "Interviewing Children about Sexual Abuse." Jacqueline Singer, PhD, Private Practice, Forensic Psychologist, Sonoma, California
Chapter 11: "Interpersonal Violence and Children." Nancy W. Olesen, PhD, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, San Rafael, California
Chapter 12: "Giving Voice to Children in Non-Traditional Families." Deborah Wald, JD, The Wald Law Group, San Francisco, California and S. Margaret Lee, PhD.
Chapter 13: "Hague Convention Case." S. Margaret Lee, PhD, and Brent D. Seymour, JD.
Chapter 14: "Resist Refuse Dynamics in Family Law with Young Child." Ginger C. Calloway, PhD, and S. Margaret Lee, PhD.
Chapter 15: "A Case of Juvenile Homicide with Complex Issues of Mental Illness and Developmental Disorder." Ginger C. Calloway, PhD.
Chapter 16: "The Role of Advocates for Children in Dependency Court." Sally Wilson Erny, Deputy CEO, National CASA/GAL Association for Children.
Ginger C. Calloway, PhD, is a clinically trained psychologist whose areas 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. As internationally known scholars with impeccable reputations in the legal community, this edited both of legal and mental health scholars provide 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.