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January 2019

Custody And Visitation In Families With Three (Or More) Parents
Author(s): Cahn, Naomi.;Carbone, June.
Published: 2018
Journal Name: Family Court Review v. 56, 3, July 2018, p. 399-409
Information: New technological and legal developments have enabled the formation of three-parent families. Now that these families have arrived, families – and family law – must adapt to allocate the responsibilities among the responsible adults.

IM-18-05 Strengthening families through primary prevention of child maltreatment and unnecessary parent-child separation
Published: November 16, 2018
Information: This Information Memorandum (IM) strongly encourages all child welfare agencies and Children’s Bureau (CB) grantees to work together with the courts and other appropriate public and private agencies and partners to plan, implement and maintain integrated primary prevention networks and approaches to strengthen families and prevent maltreatment and the unnecessary removal of children from their families.

Perspectives On Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity In Family Law
Author(s): Patterson, Charlotte J.;Ball, Carlos A.
Published: 2018
Journal Name: Family Court Review v. 56, 3, July 2018, p. 361-363
Information: This introductory article discusses changes in family law that are relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) parents, prospective parents, and their children in the United States and continuing legal challenges.

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, And Adoption Law
Author(s): Farr, Rachel H.;Goldberg, Abbie E.
Published: 2018
Journal Name: Family Court Review v. 56, 3, July 2018, p. 374-383
Information: The legal landscape surrounding adoption by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning/queer (LGBTQ) parents continues to be dynamic and variable across the United States, yet the topic is generally viewed favorably by Americans and increasing numbers of LGBTQ adults are becoming adoptive parents.

Tribal Courts and Child Welfare: Adapting to Child Welfare Cases
Author: Children’s Bureau
Published: December 17, 2018
Information: Many Native American and Alaska Native tribes are expanding the role of their independent court systems to handle child welfare cases. Listen to the new episode link to episode of the Child Welfare Information Gateway Podcast to hear leaders from two different tribal courts share challenges and concerns in improving relationships with tribal child welfare and building their capacity to hear child welfare cases (Part 1 of 6).

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