Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Psychology

Quiz 10 :
Family Forensics

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Quiz 10 :
Family Forensics

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Some have argued that the act may just encourage an already overburdened family court system in some instances to terminate parental rights without close enough scrutiny or just cause.It may also result in increased spending on litigation of these cases without effectively protecting children and encouraging safe and healthy families.This legislation has also been criticized because of its poor explanation to parents affected by it and that it turns a blind eye to the challenges placed on parents by poverty addiction and emotional distress.Courts are criticized for frequently allowing inadequate representation for parents in these cases which have significant consequences and for not providing sufficient resources to assist families who are reunited and transitioning back to family life.Additionally critics have indicated that these laws may disproportionately and unfairly impact parents with substance abuse disor- ders or other mental illnesses.According to Douglas and McCarthy 2011)legislative changes regarding these issues are predicted by the amount of media coverage paid to individual cases rather than the actual rates of child maltreatment.They also note that legislative changes have been ineffective in decreasing child abuse or even fatalities.Regarding possible policy changes Wattenberg et al.2001)describe the need for courts child welfare workers and mental health professionals to identify early on those families who are unlikely to be reunited with children so that resources can be effectively used early on to investigate other permanency options.Recent evidence suggests that children who are placed with a foster care family who eventually adopted them after termination of parental rights adjust better than children whose foster families do not adopt them.Therefore it is recommended that children who are unlikely to be reunified with a parent be placed with foster families likely to adopt them Cushing & Greenblatt 2009).