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Children, Parents, and the Law: Public and Private Authority in the Home, Schools, and Juvenile Courts, Fourth Edition

  • Leslie Joan Harris
  • Lee E. Teitelbaum
  • Tamar R. Birckhead
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This very teachable book is ideal for child-focused courses that deal with the juvenile justice system and the child welfare system or with the legal position of children within their families and society. The Fourth Edition is updated with case law and legislation current through mid-2019, including the Supreme Court’s latest decisions on special education, constitutional limits on punishing minors, new materials on conflicts between parents and state authorities over school curriculum, faith healing, and compulsory vaccination, as well as on the free speech and free exercise rights of students. The chapters on delinquency explore why the new understanding of how and when adolescents mature is revolutionizing the law, and the unit on child abuse and neglect and the child welfare system covers new state and federal legislation, as well as cases from around the country that examine the tension between protecting children’s relationships with their families and protecting them from harm.

New to the Fourth Edition:

  • The Supreme Court’s latest special education decisions
  • Cases challenging new, tough legislation eliminating exceptions to vaccination requirements
  • More in-depth examination of the conflict between students’ free speech rights and schools’ anti-bullying initiatives
  • The “Making a Murderer” case as a vehicle for analyzing limits on police interrogation of juveniles
  • Cases exploring how Troxel affects child abuse and neglect cases

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Problem exercises throughout the book—some short and others longer and more complex
  • An interdisciplinary approach that incorporates information from related social sciences such as psychology and sociology
  • Balanced perspective and coverage of issues, with no perceptible liberal or conservative bias in tone or selection of topics
  • Ample coverage of juvenile courts
  • Logical organization and clear structure that make it suitable for a variety of teaching styles
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