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Category: Juvenile Issues

How to Properly Discipline a Child According to TexProtects

How to Properly Discipline a Child According to TexProtects

How you choose to raise your child will have a big impact on the kind of person they’ll become as they grow up. That is why you need to be careful with how you choose to act towards them, especially during the years leading up to their adolescence. The way you discipline them is especially […]

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My Child Is Doing Drugs, What Now?

My Child Is Doing Drugs, What Now?

Families are the most important thing in the world; so, when something as ugly as drugs sneak into the picture, you want to do whatever you can to stop it. Drug addiction can as early as the teen years of a child. In some cases, even earlier. It can be terrifying, but for now, you […]

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When Your Child Refuses to Visit the Other Parent

When Your Child Refuses to Visit the Other Parent

When you are divorced, one of the most difficult adjustments to have is the custody of your children. Custody is always up to the family court. As long as there is no violence, abuse, or any form of negligence was brought to the child, visitation rights will be awarded to the other parent who does […]

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Free Speech vs. Confidentiality: Is it time to extend free speech protections to children?

Free Speech vs. Confidentiality: Is it time to extend free speech protections to children?

I was reading an article today by Lana Shadwick. In it, she details a situation where a 13 year old boy is attempting to utilize social media to speak out about potential abuse that occurred at a foster home. His attempts to speak out are ultimately shut down by the judge in the case for unclear, […]

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A Child’s Right to Free Speech On the Internet

A Child’s Right to Free Speech On the Internet

There is always somewhat of a disconnect between lawmakers, prosecutors, judges, and modern society. Nowhere has that been more apparent to me than the recent case where a Texas child who is currently in jail faces an eight year prison sentence because of a threatening joke in an online game . Two things stand out here. […]

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The Importance of Youth Voice in Court Proceedings

The Importance of Youth Voice in Court Proceedings

The Texas Family Code is clear that children and youth must attend permanency review hearings, and places additional duties on attorneys ad litem, judges, and the child welfare agency to meet with children in advance of court hearings.  Despite many improvements over the past several years, Texas courts still do not consistently engage youth in […]

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