Wednesday, August 20, 2008
National Coalition for Child Protection Reform Releases "Due Process Agenda for Children and Families"
On August 11, 2008, The National Coalition for Child Protection Reform released "Civil Liberties Without Exception: NCCPR's Due Process Agenda for Children and Families". Setting forth sixteen recommendations, the report urges states to "enact . . . meaningful due process protections for families." NCCPR recommends elimination of the "secretive, insular" culture of child welfare in which most agency records and court hearings are shielded from the public. NCCPR's recommendations also include significant improvement in the screening of reports telephoned to child abuse and neglect hotlines and improved legal representation of parents in child welfare cases. (August 20, 2008 MIF)