Category: Child Custody

Mentoring: A Deterrent In Juvenile Justice

Mentoring: A Deterrent In Juvenile Justice   Every weekend Derrick looked forward to Jack, his mentor, picking him up for football games, a round of miniature golf or a nice game of pool. Whether it was eating at a restaurant or munching on hot dogs at a baseball game, the role model Derrick needed was [..]

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Providing for A Child: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Providing for A Child: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Raising children is a large financial responsibility. Food, clothing, housing, school supplies and more are minimum necessities for their lives. Within the United States, the average cost of provision over an 18-year period is $245,340 for a two-parent, middle income family, according to the [..]

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When Children Face Family Child Abuse

When Children Face Family Child Abuse Stories of fathers and boyfriends dumping crying babies into their cribs or throwing children down a stairwell are signs of an abusive environment. Some do not live to tell the story, while others are emotionally and physically traumatized for a lifetime. Single mothers despondent over her family’s financial condition [..]

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Disabled Children Have Rights Too

Disabled Children Have Rights Too Parenting a disabled child is an added responsibility that takes time, patience and financial security to meet extenuating needs such as paying bills and daily caregiving expenses. The support of family and friends helps the mother and father afford the opportunity to endow their son or daughter’s life with comfort [..]

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When Child Support Is Not Used For Children

When Child Support Is Not Used For Children Derrick hugged his son and daughter during a visit at their school. The divorced father of two enjoyed the weekly outings with his children. When they saw him Derrick Jr. quickly asked for money for a new pair of Nikes he spotted at the mall. His father [..]

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Paternity Test: Is This Child Mine?

Paternity Test: Is This Child Mine? When 13-year-old Sean walked into the living room his unusually shaped feet told it all. Because Philip has unusually shaped feet, his newfound son shared the same foot pattern. For years, the two never knew each other. A paternity test made it clear that Sean was Philip’s son. It [..]

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From Youthful Offender to Repeat Offender: Stop the Problem

From Youthful Offender to Repeat Offender: Stop the Problem It started with a petty theft in a grocery store. Paris stole candy on a dare from a few friends, who’d done the same without getting caught. Paris wasn’t as fortunate. In juvenile court, a judge remanded the 13-year-old to a special program and community service. [..]

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Family Drug Court for Juveniles and Parents

Family Drug Court for Juveniles and Parents The amount of drugs Brian watched his uncles incessantly smoked became a snapshot in the 9-year-old’s mind. Week night card parties were filled with loud music, laughter and rooms with a smoky haze. Adults in the makeshift disco living room didn’t seem to care that their partying infringed [..]

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Children Divorcing Their Parents

Children Divorcing Their Parents When a child grows up in a loving, caring home where top priority is nurturing them to adulthood, the temptations to run away are few. Yet, families filled with parental tirades – screaming, fighting, and cursing – often leave a child with trauma and fear that produce emotional and physical scars [..]

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