Right to counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

“The parents of a child who is the subject of a child in need of care proceeding shall be entitled to qualified, independent counsel at the continued custody hearing and at all stages of the proceedings thereafter.”  La. Child. Code Ann. art. 608(A).   Additionally, where when the Department of Children and Family Services recommends that a petition for voluntary transfer is filed, the court must appoint counsel for the parent upon request, La. Ch.C. Art. 1518(B), and the court must appoint counsel even without a request and regardless of who files the petition if it is the parent or custodian of an Indian child.  La. Ch.C. Art. 1518(C).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no