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Child abuse (MedlinePlus)

Child abuse (MedlinePlus) – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childabuse.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are some signs of child abuse?
  • What happens when a baby is given up at a “safe haven”?
  • How is emotional abuse defined in Minnesota?

Description:

An overview of resources related to abuse of children. Notable resources include:

  • Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect: Signs and Symptoms
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
  • Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome)
  • Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome
  • Understanding Child Traumatic Stress
  • Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect: Summary of State Laws
  • Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights
  • Infant Safe Haven Laws: Summary of State Laws
  • Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect:Summary of State Laws
  • Parental Drug Use as Child Abuse:Summary of State Laws
  • State Statutes Search

Family Law California

Family Law California – http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-family.htm

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What are the visitation rights of grandparents in California?
  • What are the differences between guardianship and adoption in California?
  • Under what conditions can a child be emancipated in California?

Description:

California’s Family Law site is education focused. Its resources on Family Law are divided into the following sections:

  • Custody and Parenting Time (Visitation)
  • Child Support
  • Parentage/Paternity
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Guardianship
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Adoption
  • Emancipation (Children becoming independent prior to age 18.)

This is provided as one example of state law. Try searching “family law” site:[name of your state].gov in your favorite search engine for the family law in your state.

Family Law Alaska

Family Law Alaska – http://courts.alaska.gov/shc/family/selfhelp.htm

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How long must a child live in Alaska before a court will hear a custody case?
  • Who can file a court case to establish paternity?
  • How is paternity determined in Alaska?
  • What are the different kinds of custody under Alaska law?

Description:

According to the website, this self help “Family Law Center provides information about Divorce, Dissolution, Custody, Paternity, Child Support, Domestic Violence, and referral information about Adoption, Annulment, Change of Name, Emancipation, Grandparent Rights, Legal Separation, Powers of Attorney & Health Care Directives, and Guardianship/Conservatorship.” Emphasis on forms with links to statutes and regulation.

This is provided as one example of state law. Try searching “family law” site:[name of your state].gov in your favorite search engine for the family law in your state.

State Specific Resources from childwelfare.gov

State Specific Resources from childwelfare.gov – http://www.childwelfare.gov/#state

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • In what states are clergy mandatory reporters of child abuse?
  • What states class parental drug use is classified as child abuse?
  • What states require an adoptee undergo counseling before being given information about his birth family?
  • What adoption assistance is available in Alaska?
  • What is the child/employee ratio for permanent placement workers in California?

Description:

Child welfare practices vary from state to state. This site helps you fine tune your story with state specific information in the following areas:

  • State Statutes Search
  • National Foster Care & Adoption Directory
  • State Guides & Manuals Search
  • State Related Organizations Lists
  • Adoption Assistance by State
  • Child Welfare Workload Compendium

 

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