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attend all court hearings. “There should be a presumption that any child can attend court hearings unless the judge finds that it is not in the child’s best interest (due to maturity, developmental level or subject matter).”12

Finally, numerous cold case children had parents who voluntarily relinquished their parental rights. For those children, there was truly no consistent pattern of court attendance and judicial review. Unlike a TPR case, a VR (voluntary relinquishment) case does not require six month judicial reviews. Some children remained in DFCS care for years without the external review of the courts.

June 2010

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