This comment argues that lawyers for youth in foster care too often fail to include their clients in judicial hearings and that foster youth are entitled to appear at hearings where critical decisions affecting their lives will be made. The article reviews studies showing that foster children complain that they have little or no opportunity to be heard, and discusses the interplay between foster care and problems at school.
GW Paper Series
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 540; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 540
Catherine J. Ross, A Place at the Table: Creating Presence and Voice for Teenagers in Dependency Proceedings, 6 Nev. L.J. 1362 (2006).