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By Jennifer A. Reich

In solving households, Jennifer Reich takes us inside of baby protecting prone for an in-depth examine the full association. Following households from the start of a case to its discharge, Reich indicates how mom and dad negotiate with the country for custody in their kids, and the way being held in charge to the country impacts a kin.

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Some SPCC chapters gained the right to be named temporary guardians and thus positioned themselves so that the courts usually accepted their recommendations. This transformation of the SPCC’s power demonstrates the willingness of the state to involve itself in deciding family matters, an area that previously had remained private and free from public adjudication. ” Although this change represented a new and significant extension of state power, the transformed role of the state drew little notice, in part because the middle class largely viewed the courts as neutral legal organs rather than as active parts of the political state.

Chapter 7 analyzes the legal and biological definitions of fatherhood and considers how men who have not experienced social markers of success can demonstrate their competence as men and fathers. Chapter 8 outlines how judges, using claims made by attorneys and social workers, measure parental rehabilitation and how the court decides longterm case outcome. In looking at measures of successful reformation, which I term demonstrable rehabilitation, we see how narrowly prescribed definitions of success limit parents’ abilities to reunify with their children.

In this case, a biological mother sought to regain custody of her children who had been placed in foster care 40 • Fixing Families following their father’s death. The foster parents who were caring for the children were not allowed to participate in the court proceedings. On appeal, the California Supreme Court, citing Beyond the Best Interests of the Child, ruled that foster parents, referred to as de facto parents, have an interest in case outcome and should be allowed to appear in juvenile court proceedings.

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