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By Diane R. Martell

ISBN-10: 1593320590

ISBN-13: 9781593320591

ISBN-10: 1593321910

ISBN-13: 9781593321918

Baby welfare, felony justice, and legislations enforcement companies realize the significance coordinated, inter-agency practices to make sure the simplest results for sufferers of kid maltreatment. Martell examines if the separate interventions of the felony justice method and baby welfare process impression one another. in particular, she stories the possibility of an organization among the felony justice case prosecution and the protecting provider baby placement judgements. the consequences point out that, occasionally, legal justice interventions might help to avoid the necessity for baby removing. moreover, Martell explains how the presence of kid overlook could be an immense think about even if a toddler abuse case is selected for prosecution.

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Drop the charges). The other option is to simply allow the case to go forward. Therefore, police referred cases always monopolize the prosecutor’s docket because intervention is required to halt the prosecution (D. Deakin, personal communication, August 1, 1999). 46 Criminal Justice and the Placement of Abused Children The choice of which cases to prosecute clearly involves time management. The District Attorney cannot go to court for every case that comes to the office so those cases that are perceived as having the potential for success are the ones primarily chosen for prosecution (Bucci, Wall, Suarez, Coakley, Soldati, 1998).

The purpose of placement is to provide adequate care for the child and eliminate the risk of further abuse. Out-of-home placement, however, also carries risks to the child that must be balanced against the safety of the child’s home environment. Although placement outside the home is designed to protect the child from further abuse, it can also disrupt the child’s attachment to their family of origin and increase their chance of additional psychological trauma (Fanshel & Shinn, 1978). Changes in child welfare legislation reflect attempts to balance these competing needs.

The decision to accept or reject a case of child abuse for prosecution is often based on the likelihood that the prosecution will be successful. Prosecutors must assess the strength of the evidence and the ability of the child to serve as a witness (Myers, 1998). , 2001; National Research Council, 1993). The statements of the child regarding the abuse to family or other adults, the statements made in formal interviews, child behavioral symptoms following the abuse, and a therapist’s evaluation may all be considered.

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