Child Welfare

Hearings: How to Responsibly Open the Child Welfare Courtroom

Part one of this series discussed the historical nature of confidentiality, followed by a discussion of the societal forces that have changed including technologic advances, public and private communication such as social networking, increasing pressure on […]

Child Welfare

Hearings: The Era of Closed Courtrooms Should End

For more than a century, there has been a tradition of maintaining confidentiality in the juvenile and family courts, where abuse, neglect, juvenile delinquency, and even paternity cases are held. In various forms, virtually every […]

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An Argument For, and One Against, Open Family Courts

Sunshine Is Good for Children Matthew Fraidin, Associate Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Fraidin, who oversees a clinical program where students represent birth […]