The authors of this volume provide discussion on vital issues related to the rights of children in the United States, including: the historical and contextual perspective on the rights of children; the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; the differing views on children's rights and competencies; and the rights of children within the family, the social service system, the health care system, the educational system, the juvenile justice system and in employment.

From Property to Personhood: A Historical and Contextual Perspective on the Rights of Children

From property to personhood: A historical and contextual perspective on the rights of children

With no political power, no right to vote, and no assets, children remain the most vulnerable members of our society.

—George H. Russ, Attorney and Adoptive Parent (1993)

In 1992, 11-year-old Gregory K. hired an attorney and “divorced” his mother, a woman who, according to court records, had been chronically neglectful and abusive not only to the plaintiff but also to his two younger brothers (Rohter, 1992; see Chapter 5, this volume, Box 5.5). The Florida trial court that heard the case decided in Gregory's favor, granting the dissolution of Rachel K.'s parental rights. Advocates cheered the victory for children's ...

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