Report Roundup: America’s Children Still at Risk

John Kelly, Andrew D. Beadle and Caroline Borolla
October 1, 2001

In this follow-up to a 1993 American Bar Association report, “America’s Children at Risk: A National Legal Agenda,” an ABA committee reviews what the association and its members have done in the past eight years to help children, and concludes that youths still face too many unresolved legal issues.

The report is divided into five parts: children’s essential needs; children in the legal system; children of rural, Native American and immigrant populations; society’s impact on children; and traditional issues. Each part is broken into chapters such as child welfare, juvenile justice and health. The report offers more than 120 recommendations. For example, the section on children in the legal system recommends providing more free representation, improving training for lawyers who handle children’s cases, and increasing state and local spending for the services.

Lest lawyers get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the shortcomings and proposals, the report provides numerous examples of successful programs. More than 150 child advocates contributed to this tome. 521 pages. $24.99. American Bar Association, Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children, 740 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005. (202) 662-1675.

Kelly, John, Andrew D. Beadle, and Caroline Borolla. "America’s Children Still at Risk." Report Roundup. Youth Today, October 2001, p. 12-14.

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