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Issue #24
Your Lawyer and You

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When you enter the courtroom with a child welfare case, you can feel like it’s you against the world in the most important fight of your life.

In this issue, parents describe the impact of lawyers who believed in them and the heartbreak of lawyers who didn’t fight hard enough. We also highlight the innovations that are making it easier for lawyers to act as zealous advocates and for parents to make their voices heard in court.

My Corner
My lawyer believed in me even when my family didn’t.

Coerced in Court
I wish I’d never let the court find me guilty of neglect.

The Person Behind the Petition
Getting the court to see beyond stereotypes.

Compassion in the Court!
Model courts find that supporting parents can strengthen the whole family.

‘I Used to Be in Your Shoes’
As a parent advocate, I help lawyers and parents connect.

‘We’re Here for You’
Support and straight talk helped me trust my lawyer and her team.

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