Children, the Law and the Welfare Principle: Perspectives from North America (Children and the Law) (Hardcover)

Children, the Law and the Welfare Principle: Perspectives from North America (Children and the Law) By Kerry O'Halloran Cover Image

Children, the Law and the Welfare Principle: Perspectives from North America (Children and the Law) (Hardcover)


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This book continues the themes addressed by its two predecessors in this mini-series by examining the role of the principle of the welfare interests of the child in the law of the U.S. and Canada. It provides a record of the key milestones in its development in each country and conducts a comparative analysis of the contemporary law relating to children in both. In doing so, it focuses also on the Indigenous communities - the AN/AI and the First Nations - of the U.S. and Canada respectively.

By identifying and analysing the functions of the principle in the public (care, protection and control, etc), private (matrimonial, adoption, etc) and hybrid (adoption from care, surrogacy, etc) sectors of family law, it builds a picture of the law relating to children in the two countries and reveals significant jurisdictional differences. By examining the legislation and related caselaw, it assesses the different effects of the same legal framework on the welfare of Indigenous and other children.

In addition to a digest of cases and legislation that identifies and tracks the role of this legal principle, lawyers, academics and other researchers will find a wealth of information on how it has evolved to reflect corresponding changes in social mores. For those interested in politics and social policy, there is much illuminating evidence of how the law has balanced this principle relative to others in both civil and criminal contexts.

Kerry O'Halloran - a professionally qualified lawyer, social worker and academic - has recently retired from 13 years as an adjunct professor at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at QUT, Brisbane. In Northern Ireland, he served on the Social Care Tribunal and on an HSS Trust adoption panel, has advised the Irish government on law reform matters, and has served in a consultancy capacity on government bodies such as Courts Services (Northern Ireland) and to the Open University in England. Previously employed as Assistant Director (Research) at the Centre for Voluntary Action, University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, his 30 books and many other publications include Conscientious Objection (Springer, 2022), The Politics of Adoption, 4th ed. (Springer, 2021), Adoption Law and Human Rights: International Perspectives (Routledge, 2018), Religion, Charity and Human Rights (CUP, 2014) and Child Care and Protection: The Law & Practice in Northern Ireland (Thomson Reuters, 2003).
Product Details ISBN: 9781032216898
ISBN-10: 1032216891
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: May 16th, 2023
Pages: 302
Language: English
Series: Children and the Law