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Drug-exposed infants and the Miami criteria for judicial decisions in dependency cases

J Larsen and CS Lederman

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 14, issue 1, pages 86-106
Published in print April 2000 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online April 2000 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/14.1.86
Drug-exposed infants and the Miami criteria for judicial decisions in dependency cases

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In Miami, Florida, USA, a significant percentage of infants are born exposed pre-natally to cocaine and other drugs. The most serious cases are referred to state civil courts where judges decide whether to permit the newborns to live with their parents who are attempting recovery from drug dependence. This article describes the judicial process for child neglect and abuse decisions in the United States; law and policy that applies to drug-exposed infants, and recent medical and social science research on how pre-natal drug use by the mother affects the child's development. The article explains the Miami court's recent project to develop criteria for a judge's decisions about drug-exposed infants and their families.

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Subjects: Family Law ; Marriage and the Family

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