Mommie Dearest? Prosecuting Cases of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

13-WTR Crim. Just. 26

Criminal Justice
Winter, 1999
Feature
Lynn Holland Goldman, Beatrice Crofts Yorker a1

Copyright (c) 1999 by the American Bar Association; Lynn Holland Goldman, Beatrice Crofts Yorker

MOMMIE DEAREST? PROSECUTING CASES OF MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME BY PROXY

*27 Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP), a form of child abuse in which a caretaker falsifies or induces illness in a child for the purposes of gaining medical attention, has gained public recognition. The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) ...

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Fight against Human Trafficking

Benjamin Franklin once opined that one should “either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Here I endeavor to do the former in the hope of inspiring the latter.

You know the children who inspired this writing. They share our cities, our neighborhoods, our civic centers, libraries, playgrounds, schools, and houses of worship. They span all walks of life and suffer various vulnerabilities, but they are all our charge. They are our ...

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Advocating for Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders

Written by Rachel Aliza Elovitz

  1. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders Generally
    Prenatal alcohol exposure can cause life altering neurodevelopmental disabilities, referred to in the aggregate as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders (FASD). “FASD” is an umbrella term, not a diagnosis. The identifiable conditions associated with prenatal alcohol exposure under the FASD umbrella are Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (PFAS), Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND) and Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (ARBD).
  2. FAS Diagnosis
    An FAS diagnosis connotes impairments in three ...
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The Child Protection and Public Safety Act: Streamlining the Georgia Juvenile Code

Written by Rachel Aliza Elovitz

Originally introduced during the 2009 Georgia General Assembly as Senate Bill 292, The Child Protection and Public Safety Act (“the Act”), after further scrutiny and alteration, was introduced during the 2011 Georgia General Assembly by Senator Bill Hamrick (as SB 127) and by Representative Wendell Willard (as HB 641).

The Act is meant to modernize, reorganize, and streamline a 40-year-old Juvenile Code, the body of law that regulates the manner in which the ...

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The Ugly Truth about Foster Care

Written by Rachel Aliza Elovitz

To Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, simplicity was the hallmark of modern architecture, hence the aphorism for which he is credited, “Less is more.” When it comes to children in foster care, less is most definitely more – if “less” connotes fewer abused and neglected children, fewer petitions for deprivation, fewer children for whom permanency is an issue, and fewer tax dollars necessary to fund child protection (aka “deprivation” or “dependency”) proceedings. The reality, ...

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