The third edition of this desk reference is intended for those who work with children and allows readers to quickly find and identify important legal points, issues and consequences to consider during decision-making. Children's Law Handbook is organized and written in a style that facilitates ease of reading even for those individuals who have little or no legal background. Significant court cases that address the issues most relevant to effective practice have been carefully selected. The text begins with an in-depth, focused discussion of major legal issues followed by relevant constitutional issues, statutory considerations and case law. Legal citations are used to support and enhance the discussion of these issues. Legal references where indicated, are found on each page supporting the topics under discussion, thus enabling the reader to easily ascertain the legal sources of authority related to those particular topics.