Connecticut extends right to counsel for children in child welfare cases

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01/01/2011, Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children

In 2011, the Connecticut Legislature passed a bill (HB 6422) requiring that the court appoint a child-directed attorney in all child protection proceedings (as opposed to an attorney acting as both attorney and GAL), and specifies a separate GAL can only be appointed only upon request of the child's counsel where it becomes apparent that the child cannot act in his/her own best interests and where the child's wishes would cause harm to the child.  This has been codified as Conn. Gen. Stat. § 46b-129a.

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