Should Attorneys for Children be a Right in Washington?
Several former foster kids think so and are urging Washington state legislators to move on stalled legislation that would require all foster kids be provided attorneys in family court cases where parental rights have been terminated.
According to Crosscut.com, “Washington’s 39 counties are a hodgepodge of different rules about when to provide attorneys for foster children whose parents had their rights terminated. Right now, the appointment of attorneys in such cases is discretionary — based on a judge’s determination — and it varies widely across the state. King County appoints an attorney for children 12 and older; the Benton-Franklin county system for kids eight and older; judges in several counties don’t appoint attorneys for kids at all.” Click here to read the full story!Tags: attorney right, court system, foster care, washington law