The author examines the changing status of children under the law. Traditionally,the law has reflected a social consensus that children's best interests are synonymous with those of their parents, except under the few circumstances where the state is authorized to intervene in family life under the. doctrine of parens patriae. Little consideration has been given to the substantive and procedural rights of children as a discrete interest group. At present, law reform is moving to change children's legal status in two ways: by extending more adult rights to children and by recognizing certain unique needs and interests of children as legally enforceable rights. Ms. Rodham summarizes recent Supreme Court decisions which will influence changes of both kinds, and suggests specific directions reform might take.
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Children Under the Law
Harvard Educational Review (1973) 43 (4): 487–514.
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Hillary Rodham; Children Under the Law. Harvard Educational Review 1 December 1973; 43 (4): 487–514. doi: https://doi.org/10.17763/haer.43.4.e14676283875773k
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