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Searching for additional resources on topics related to child welfare or juvenile justice? Take a look at the ABA publications below, and check out the helpful links to website resources hosted by the GP|Solo Division, the ABA, and others. To order any of the books listed below, call the ABA Service Center at 800/285-2221 or visit our website at

The Constructive Divorce Guidebook: Empowering Families to Reach Long-Term Positive Results

By Mark A. Chinn (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2007; PC 5150309; $54.95; GP|Solo member price $44.95)
This book views family trials not as contests to be won or lost, but as challenges for affirmative resolution for all concerned parties. After reading the book, you will be able to help your clients to resolve family disputes in a manner that will lead to long-term results for the families and children of divorce.

Letters for Divorce Lawyers: Essential Communications for Clients, Opposing Counsel, and Others

By Martha J. Church (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2006; PC 5150300; $80; GP|Solo member price $65)
Set up chronologically following the usual life of a typical divorce case, this guide contains valuable, easy-to-conform samples including letters for initial client contact, declination, retention letters and employment contracts, billing, withdrawal, pleadings transmittals, discovery, depositions, scheduling, mediation, trial, settlements, closing matters, prenuptial agreements, and more.

Tax, Estate, and Lifetime Planning for Minors

By Carmina Y. D’Aversa (ABA Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2006; PC 5430463; $139.95; GP|Solo member price $119.95)
This deskbook focuses exclusively on the pertinent issues facing adults when planning for younger family members. Combining core legal concepts with practical wisdom, it is a handy desk reference not only for the seasoned practitioner but also for the general or novice practitioner handling his or her first estate plan. The book’s forms are contained on an accompanying CD-ROM.

The Child’s Attorney: A Guide to Representing Children in Custody, Adoption, and Protection Cases

By Ann M. Haralambie (ABA Section of Family Law; 1993; PC 5130048; $49.95)
Written by one of the foremost experts on child custody and abuse, this book is a valuable guide to analyzing and advocating the rights of children in civil cases. In addition to sample forms, the book includes a table of more than 250 cases and more than 400 statutes from all 50 states.

Creating Effective Parenting Plans: A Developmental Approach for Lawyers and Divorce Professionals

By John N. Hartson and Brenda J. Payne (ABA Section of Family Law; 2006; PC 5130141; $64.95)
This book is an effective resource to assist lawyers in advising clients in the development of parenting plans that change over time to adapt to the best interests of the child. It explores the development of schedules of alternate parenting time with the best interest and developmental needs of the child considered first and not lost in the cacophony of parental conflict and competing claims.

Educating Children Without Housing: A Primer on Legal Requirements and Implementation Strategies for Educators, Advocates and Policymakers, Second Edition

Edited by Amy E. Horton-Newell and Casey Trupin (ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty; 2007; PC 4180013; $14.95)
This manual addresses the federal educational mandates related to homeless students under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and provides innovative strategies for educators and school administrators, state coordinators and policymakers, and advocates and attorneys to play a role in ensuring the education rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Families in Need of Critical Assistance: Legislation and Policy Aiding Youth Who Engage in Noncriminal Misbehavior

By Jessica R. Kendall (ABA Center on Children and the Law; 2007; PC 5490443; $19.99)
This publication focuses on addressing the needs of juvenile status offenders (i.e., youth who run away, are “ungovernable” or truant) and their families. It provides a context for and explanation of the need to better serve families in crisis, reviews the causes and contexts within which youth engage in noncriminal misbehaviors, and suggests legislative and policy strategies to intervene early and divert juvenile status offenders from court systems.

Indian Child Welfare Act Handbook, Second Edition

By B. J. Jones, Kelly Gaines-Stoner, and Mark Tilden (ABA Section of Family Law; 2008; PC 5130150; $79.95)
Revised and updated, this handbook is a one-of-a-kind guide to the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. It examines case law from courts across the country—this is not an issue confined to reservations and their border towns.

Learning Curves: Education Advocacy for Children in Foster Care

By Kathleen M. McNaught (ABA Center on Children and the Law and the National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues; 2004; PC 5490441; $15.95)
This book includes at-a-glance practice tips, commonly used psychological tests, education advocacy resources, and excerpts from key federal laws and regulations.

Legal Ethics in Child Welfare Cases

By Jennifer L. Renne (ABA Center on Children and the Law, National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues, and the Center for Professional Responsibility; 2004; PC 5490442; $15.95)
This book addresses ethical issues for lawyers representing parents, children, and child welfare agencies in child abuse/neglect and termination of parental rights proceedings. It addresses the following topics: quality representation; protecting client confidences; representing a client with diminished capacity; handling conflicts of interest; interacting with other parties; ethical issues in litigation; and special issues for guardians ad litem.

School Violence: From Discipline to Due Process

By James C. Hanks (ABA Section of State and Local Government Law; 2004; PC 5330083; $59.95)
This book is a comprehensive review of major legal issues relating to school violence. It provides important and useful guidance for dealing with these very timely issues. Topics include student violence and harassment, weapons in schools, searching students in schools, zero tolerance policies, due process for students, threats and threatening communications at school, school liability, and much more.

GP|Solo Division Links

Family Law Committee:
Juvenile Law Committee:
Public Service Committee:
Tolerance Through Education Initiative:

Other Links from the ABA and Beyond

ABA Center on Children and the Law:
ABA Child Custody and Adoption Pro Bono Project:
ABA Commission on Youth at Risk:
ABA Criminal Justice Section, Juvenile Justice Committee:
ABA Legal Center for Foster Care and Education:
ABA Section of Family Law:
ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities Committee on Rights of Children:
ABA Section of Litigation Directory of Pro Bono Children’s Law Programs:
ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service:
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys:
Casey Family Programs:
National Association of Counsel for Children:
National Institute of Corrections:


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