Middleton Center for Children’s Rights Supports Right to Counsel for Abused and Neglected Children
Washington State is among a minority of states nationwide that fails to provide counsel for children in abuse and neglect cases. Lawyers in Washington are challenging this failure, arguing that children have a constitutional right to counsel in child welfare matters.
The law firm of Baker and McKenzie has filed an amicus brief on behalf of several children’s rights centers across the country, including the Middleton Center, in the Washington state Court of Appeals. Children need advocates in court who can fight for them, and hopefully kids in Washington will soon have the same rights as kids in Iowa.
For more information contact Professor Brent Pattison, Director of the Middleton Center for Children’s Rights.