In one of the North Carolina counties in which I practice law, juvenile delinquency court is held every other week. During these sessions, children who have been charged with criminal offenses come before the court to have their matters heard. In the alternating weeks, dependency court is held, during which the parents of children who are alleged to be abused, neglected or dependent have their matters heard.
The irony is that in the majority of cases nationwide, the children in these two forums are the same. In fact, a recent study has shown that approximately . . .
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