WA Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Child’s Right to Counsel in Termination of Parental Rights

WA Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Child’s Right to Counsel in Termination of Parental Rights
National Center for Youth Law
Jessica Breslin
May 2, 2011
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The National Center for Youth Law reports that the Washington Supreme Court recently declined to rule on whether a foster child has the right to counsel in parental rights termination proceedings.  Washington remains one of a minority of states that do not require the state to provide children with their own legal representation. That means a child is left without a voice in the courtroom, and is often alone in not having legal representation, in a matter of great importance to that child.

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