Idaho has serious gaps in representation for children involved in protective services cases, according to a report by the Office of Performance Evaluation. The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee received the lengthy report at a hearing last week, the Idaho Falls Post Register reports; you can read the full story here. “Gaps exist in Idaho’s system of representation for children and youth in child protection cases,” the report found. “We found a portion of children and youth did not have any type of court-appointed representation.” OPE evaluators looked in detail at 207 cases, a sample of the roughly 3,300 statewide child protection cases in 2017. In roughly a third of those cases, children involved in a child protective services case, which...
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Report: Children not always represented in Idaho protection cases