Arizona establishes right to counsel for kids in child welfare cases

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04/23/2021, Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children

SB 1391, enacted in 2021, established a right to counsel for children in child welfare proceedings all the way through permanency.  It revised Ariz. Stat § 8-221 to say, "The court shall appoint an attorney for a child in all ... dependency or termination of parental rights proceedings that are conducted pursuant to this title. The court shall appoint the attorney before the first hearing. The attorney shall represent the child at all stages of the proceedings and, in a dependency proceeding, through permanency."

The bill’s passage was covered by The Imprint and The Philanthropy Roundtable

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