This presentation will focus on the under-recognized effects of emotional abuse on children from the context of child welfare law. There will be examples from CPS termination cases where the argument for termination depended largely on educating the fact finder regarding the effects of emotional abuse. The presenter will discuss how emotional abuse in children is shown to cause poor mental development, relationship difficulties, increased criminal behavior, and other long-term effects. Additionally, the presentation will include a detailed discussion on how to use the evidence supporting a case of emotional abuse in a termination of parental rights trial to achieve the desired result from the victim. Finally, ongoing efforts and resources available to help heal victims of child emotional abuse will be provided.
Learn to define and identify the key components of child emotional abuse and its effects.
Learn to assess verbal and non-verbal behavior characteristics common of emotional abuse in child welfare law.
Learn how to prepare or assist in the preparation of a legal case for the termination of parental rights based on severe emotional abuse.