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Foster Children's and Parents' Right to a Family

Rebecca L. Hegar
Social Service Review
Vol. 57, No. 3 (Sep., 1983), pp. 429-447
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30011660
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Abstract

This article presents evidence from court decisions, state laws, and model statutes demonstrating that foster children have an emerging legal interest in stable parental relationships. It notes the need children have for stable parental figures, presents a historical overview of the legal status of children and the family, traces the growing recognition of children's interests in custody and child-placement cases, and considers the issue of balancing the child's emerging interest in stable and permanent relationships against established interests of the natural family.

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