Brigham Young University Prelaw Review


children, parental rights, termination, child welfare, Juvenile Court, Guardian Ad Litem


People often argue that young children - especially vulnerable children - cannot gauge their best interests very well. But it turns out that there is success when courts allow children to have a voice in matters of child welfare cases. Various cultures and ideologies see child accountability in different ways. Considering those cultures and values and then factoring in the experiences of judges reveals that child are more capable of determining there best interests than currently policy acknowledges. Though the decision should not rest solely on the child's input, it should be heavily weighted when a judge makes a child welfare decision. This is a way to better to balance child welfare adjudication.