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(p. 5) The Legal Context 

(p. 5) The Legal Context
(p. 5) The Legal Context

Karen S. Budd

, Mary Connell

, and Jennifer R. Clark

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date: 26 October 2020

Chapter 1 discusses the legal context of evaluation of parenting capacity in child protection. It outlines the rights of parents and society's responsibility to protect children (a history of parental rights in the courts, history of Child Protection Services), federal legislation affecting child protection, legal definitions of child maltreatment, legal standards and the best interests of the child, and the legal process and the court systems dealing with children's rights and parents' rights.

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