Law Research Guides: Children and the Law

This guide covers many of the issues surrounding how to research children's rights and how the law affects children. The following are select resources on children and the law, with a particular focus on digital resources. To locate additional titles, search Baron.

Last Updated Mar. 22, 2016. AJB

 Secondary Sources

For those unfamiliar with Children and the Law, a secondary source is a good way to get started. Consider consulting a preeminent treatise such as:

  • Legal Rights of Children, by Donald T. Kramer, (2005-current).  Treatise Collection KF479.L44 2005 & Westlaw.
  • Rights of Juveniles: The Juvenile Justice System, by Samuel M. Davis, (2014). Treatise Collection KF9794.D39 2014 & Westlaw.

Periodicals and Books are also a good place to start.

 Statutes

The United States Code Annotated (Core-A & Westlaw) and the United States Code Service (Core-A & Lexis) both list law related to children in their General Indexes with the term "children and minors." Many Public Laws are also indexed in the United States Code Annotated and United States Code Service's Popular Names Tables (Westlaw & Lexis).  Several lists contain compiled federal laws related to children:

 Regulation

Both the C.F.R. and Federal Register are in hard copy in the library Reference Collection and on HeinOnline, Westlaw (CFR, Fed. Reg.), & Lexis (CFR, Fed. Reg.).  Unofficial information on federal regulation can be obtained through several websites: FDsys, eCFR, federal register, & regulation.gov.  The following titles may be particularly relevant:

The Children's Bureau has a list of Regulatory Action that has taken place.

 Case Law

  • Family Law CasesWestlaw.
  • Family Law Reporter. Looseleaf Collection KF501.A3 F3 & Online.  An information service providing developments from across the nation, containing important new federal and state cases, legislation, trends, and issues. [Subscription Canceled 2011].
  • Florida Family Law Reporter. Florida Collection KFF94.A6 F231 & Lexis. [Subscription Canceled 2011].

 Florida Law

Below are a selection of Florida statutes related closely to children. These statutes can be found in the Florida, States, Reference, & Archives Collections in print as well as at the links listed below:

  • Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, Fl. Stat. §§ 61.501-.542.  Westlaw, Lexis, & Online.
  • Primary Care for Children and Families, Fl. Stat. §§ 154.501-.507.  Westlaw, Lexis, & Online.
  • Children’s Medical Services, Fl. Stat. §§ 391.011-.308.  Westlaw, Lexis, & Online.
  • Juvenile Emergency Procedures and Children’s Substance Abuse Services, Fl. Stat. §§ 397.901-.998.  Westlaw, Lexis, & Online.
  • Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Centers, Fl. Stat. §§ 400.901-.916.  Westlaw, Lexis, & Online.
  • Social Welfare, Fl. Stat. §§ 409.016-.997.  Westlaw, Lexis, & Online.
  • Handicap or High-Risk Condition Prevention and Early Childhood Assistance, Fl. Stat. §§ 411.201-.243.  Westlaw, Lexis, & Online.
  • Family Self-Sufficiency, Fl. Stat. §§ 414.025-.55.  Westlaw, Lexis, & Online.
  • Kidnapping, False Imprisonment; Luring or Enticing a Child, Custody Offenses, Fl. Stat. §§ 787.01-.07.  Westlaw, Lexis, & Online.
  • Abuse of Children, Fl. Stat. §§ 827.01-.10.  Westlaw, Lexis, & Online.
  • Obscenity, Fl. Stat. §§ 847.001-202.  Westlaw, Lexis, & Online.
  • Permitting Minors and Persons Under Guardianship to Gamble, Fl. Stat. § 849.04.  Westlaw, Lexis, & Online.
  • Student and Parental Rights and Educational Choices, Fl. Stat. §§ 1002.01-.97.  Westlaw, Lexis, & Online.
  • Public K-12 Education, Fl. Stat. §§ 1003.01-.621.  Westlaw, Lexis, & Online.
  • Public K-12 Education Support for Learning and Student Services, Fl. Stat. §§ 1006.025-.42.  Westlaw, Lexis, & Online.
  • Assessment and Accountability, Fl. Stat. §§ 1008.02-.46.  Westlaw, Lexis, & Online.

 Practice & Current Awareness

Digital Resources:

Print Resources:

  • Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Cases, 2nd Ed., by Donald N. Duquette & Ann M. Haralambie, (2010). Treatise Collection KF3735.Z9 C47 2010.
  • Child Welfare Law Office Guidebook: Best Practice Guidelines for Organizational Legal Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases, National Association of Counsel for Children, (2006). Treatise Collection KF337.5.J88 C55 2006.
  • Children in the Courtroom: Challenges for Lawyers and Judges, 2nd Ed., by Sherrie B. Carter, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (2009). Treatise Collection KF9673.B68 2009.
  • Child-Centered Practices for the Courtroom and Community: A Guide to Working Effectively with Young Children and Their Families in the Child Welfare System, by Lynne F. Katz, (2011). Treatise Collection HV741.K363 2011.
  • Florida Juvenile Law and Practice, 12th Ed., by the Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education, (2013). Reserve, Reserve Audiovisual CD-Rom, & Florida Collections KFF595.F56 2013.
  • Representing Children in Child Protective Proceedings: Ethical and Practical Dimensions, 3rd Ed., by Jean K. Peters, (2007). Treatise Collection KF3735.P47 2007.
  • Representing Juvenile Status Offenders, by Hannah Benton, American Bar Association (2010). Treatise Collection KF9794.R47 2010.
  • Representing the Child Client, 2 vols., by Michael J. Dale, (1987 - current). Treatise Collection KF479.R46 1987 & Lexis.

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 Periodicals

To find additional citations to journal articles about children and the law, look in Index to Legal Periodicals (Anglo-American Periodicals & Online), LegalTrac, Westlaw Legal Resource Index & Lexis Legal Resource Index.

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