ABA Standards of Practice for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse and Neglect Cases

American Bar Association Standards of Practice for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse and Neglect Cases

These standards promote quality representation and uniformity of practice throughout the country for parents' attorneys in child abuse and neglect cases. The standards were written with the help of a committee of practicing parents' attorneys and child welfare professionals from different jurisdictions in the country. With their help, the standards were written with the difficulties of day-to-day practice in mind, but also with the goal of raising the quality of representation. While local adjustments may be necessary to apply these standards in practice, jurisdictions should strive to meet their fundamental principles and spirit.

The standards are divided into the following categories: - Summary of the Standards - Basic Obligations of Parents' Attorneys - Obligations of Attorney Manager - The Role of the Court