Jennifer Abrams Shares the Importance of Legal Representation for Foster Children

Why Foster Children Need Lawyers

Neglected, abandoned, and abused children often find their way into the foster care system. This system is seriously underfunded in most states and suffers from an overabundance of young clients and a lack of qualified foster parents. To receive protection from the life circumstances that drove them into foster care, children need legal representation to help secure their futures.

Every Party Needs a Lawyer

There are often many competing parties in a courtroom setting for a custody or guardianship case, including the parents, foster parents, the state, and the child’s attorney. Each party pursues its own interests, meaning that the child’s best interest may not always be considered first.

Conflicts of Interest

While state foster care systems may have been founded with good intentions to take care of abused and neglected children, the state generally has conflicts of interest that could further neglect or abuse the children in question. In addition to facing physical dangers, children who have been in foster care are at a higher risk of physical and mental health problems ranging from developmental delays to depression, asthma, and obesity.

Children’s Needs are Sometimes Overlooked

When only the state and the parents try to decide what is best for children, their actual best interests may be overlooked. Court-appointed advocates or pro bono lawyers may be the best solutions for children embroiled in court battles over their custody.

Help with Adoptions and Permanent Custody

A family law attorney can help facilitate a permanent custody situation or adoption for a child in foster care. Adoption, in particular, is a thorny legal field, and experienced family law attorneys like Jennifer Abrams help ensure all of the arrangements are above-board and, in the child’s best interest.

Taking Care of Vulnerable Members of Society

Too often, the needs of foster children are forgotten. Largely invisible in society, foster children can live painful and unstable lives. While most members of the foster care system are well-intentioned, overwork and overcrowding can lead to the neglect of these vulnerable children.

Finding Help When It is Needed

Parents and relatives of children in foster care need to understand that while having custody of their children may be considered ideal, they may not be able to take proper care of them. A family law attorney can balance the child’s needs against the needs of the state and the family and find the best situation for a child in the short term and the long term.

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Jennifer Abrams

Jennifer Abrams

Attorney Jennifer V. Abrams is a 20 year veteran in the practice of divorce law. Located in Las Vegas, Nevada.