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Child Abuse and Neglect
Valerie Honeycutt Spears wrote a detailed summary in the Herald-Leader of this week’s legislative hearing in Frankfort on premature termination of parental rights.
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Case Law Development: Appointment of GAL for parent in dependency action requires notice and hearing, from the Family Law Prof Blog. In states where there is statutory authority for a GAL in dependency cases, including Kentucky, this case may be inapplicable. But see our prior post on Guardians Ad Litem where there is not statutory...
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Steven Kriegshaber, Louisville attorney, and a past president of the Kentucky Chapter of the AAML, serves on the national AAML Special Concerns of Children Committee, and helped author a publication, REPRESENTING CHILDREN: Standards for Attorneys & Guardian Ad Litems in Custody or Visitation Proceedings. Published several years ago, it advocates that GALs not make recommendations...
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The KentuckyLawBlog reports today that the state will hold hearings on children hastily removed from biological parents to facilitate “quick trigger” adoptions. The post links to a Lexington Herald-Leader story. The hearings in the legislature will begin June 21, 2006 at 1 p.m.
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In a story in yesterday’s Lexington Herald-Leader, the recent unpublished opinion of V.S. v. Commonwealth was the topic. It is newsworthy because of the ongoing investigation into “quick-trigger” adoptions.
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  The Kentucky Office of Inspector General is investigating whether children whose mothers are domestic-violence victims, and others are being inappropriately removed from their families to increase state foster-care adoptions and federal financial bonuses. The matter is also under review by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, by various grass-roots organizations and, most recently,...
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The Courier Journal printed an AP story on Monday revealing that the state has removed 50 children in the last year from women who fled to Lexington, KY shelters to escape domestic violence.
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