Judicial Oversight Over the Interstate Placement of Foster Children: The Missing Element in Current Efforts to Reform the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children
Vivek S. Sankaran
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor Law School
Capital University Law Review, Vol. 38, p. 385, 2009
This article argues that current efforts to reform the Compact are flawed because they lack an essential element: judicial oversight of agency decision-making. The first section explores the important role that juvenile court judges play in making placement decisions for foster children. Next, an examination of the current problems in the interstate placement process demonstrates the vital need for judicial oversight of the system. Finally, a specific proposal is put forth on how best to incorporate judicial oversight without interfering with the sovereignty of states.
Keywords: Foster Care, Child Abuse and Neglect, Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children
Date posted: June 25, 2010