Abuse and Neglect

Brian H. Bix

in The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law

Published in print April 2013 | ISBN: 9780199989591
Published online April 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190260200 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law

Abuse and Neglect

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This chapter examines the doctrines of abuse and neglect, two categories of criminal liability and civil liability terms for when children can be taken from their parents. It begins with an overview of standards for abuse and neglect before turning to culture and religion as defenses against claims of abuse and neglect. It then considers procedural protections to parties who are facing termination of their parental rights and concludes by explaining foster care within the context of family law and practice.

Keywords: abuse; neglect; criminal liability; civil liability; children; parents; culture; religion; foster care; family law

Chapter.  2346 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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