Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1868360
 


 



The Myth of Separation


Annette Ruth Appell


Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law

March 31, 2011

Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, Vol. 6, p. 291, 2011
Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper, No. 11-06-05

Abstract:     
On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University Law School, a center that holds among its core values that children are human beings and that all children matter, this short commentary reflects on lessons juvenile courts teach us about family values and the disconnection between our expectations of and aspirations for rich and poor families and their children. This dichotomy of expectations undergirds the myth of separation: that children can be fully and existentially separated from their parents; and that we must excise children from parents to improve children’s lives. The separation myth works to the detriment of all children, but particularly to children under the jurisdiction of juvenile courts who are more vulnerable to family disruption in a system that devalues kinship and ignores socioeconomic solutions. Against the kin-suspicious culture of juvenile courts, this commentary juxtaposes research in adoption that illustrates the importance of birth kin to children and their adoptive parents.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: children, parents, postmodern families, juvenile court, adoption

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: June 20, 2011 ; Last revised: August 23, 2011

Suggested Citation

Appell, Annette Ruth, The Myth of Separation (March 31, 2011). Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, Vol. 6, p. 291, 2011; Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper, No. 11-06-05. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1868360

Contact Information

Annette Ruth Appell (Contact Author)
Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law ( email )
Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States
314-935-7912 (Phone)
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 334
Downloads: 62
Download Rank: 201,995

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo4 in 0.563 seconds