Child Rights and Remedies

Order Child Rights & Remedies by Robert C. Fellmeth.

Robert C. Fellmeth, Children’s Advocacy Institute Executive Director and Price Professor in Public Interest Law, recently completed the Third Edition of his text, Child Rights & Remedies. This publication surveys a broad range of legal issues affecting children in the U.S. It examines the barriers to child-sensitive public policy, and the empirical and legal status of children with regard to poverty, education, health, special needs, child care, child abuse, juvenile crime and detention, reproductive rights, custody and civil liberties. The book features a Preface by National Association of Counsel for Children Executive Director Marvin Ventrell.

Child Rights & Remedies provides a comprehensive rights-based analysis of how the U.S. legal system, in both its legal and political dimensions, is affecting American children. It examines the barriers to child-sensitive public policy, and the true legal status of children with regard to poverty, education, health, special needs, child care, child abuse, juvenile crime and detention, reproductive rights, custody and civil liberties. Backing up an extensive legal reference to over 190 leading cases with probing commentaries and the most recent statistics reflecting the socio-economic circumstances of children, Child Rights & Remedies serves as a unique tool for all who are concerned about the well-being of the nation’s children, and seek politico-legal means to improve it.

Price: $49.95; ISBN: 978-0-9833539-1-1

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1
    The Underlying Context: Access to Political/Legal Remedies
  • Chapter 2
    Reproductive Rights, Reproductive Responsibilities
  • Chapter 3
    Child Poverty and Safety Net Sustenance
  • Chapter 4
    Education Rights and Investment
  • Chapter 5
    Health, Medical Care, and Safety
  • Chapter 6
    Children with Special Needs
  • Chapter 7
    Child Care
  • Chapter 8
    Child Protection from Abuse
  • Chapter 9
    Child Rights as Abuse Victims/Witnesses
  • Chapter 10
    Juvenile Crime and Delinquency
  • Chapter 11
    Child Rights to Custody, Family Support, and Emancipation
  • Chapter 12
    Child Rights to Property, Contract, and Tort Recovery
  • Chapter 13
    Child Civil Liberties: Speech And Religion
  • Chapter 14
    International Law and the Future of Child Rights and Remedies


"Professor Robert C. Fellmeth, the master of child rights and remedies and the long-time maestro of child advocacy, presents his Magnum Opus to inform our intellects, challenge our consciences and galvanize our motivation on behalf of children who will either inherit our derelictions or our beneficent foresight. This book works as a very comprehensive recruiter for students and other citizens who wish to help build a society and culture that nurtures the young into fulfilling their life's possibilities."

“Finally, a distinguished advocate/scholar has produced a casebook on child-related public policy establishment, implementation, and legal challenges that includes such key topics as impact of the political environment, children’s civil tort actions, government welfare benefits, child care and child health reform, and educational opportunity. While also providing up-to-date statutory and caselaw material on such traditional child law topics as delinquency, abuse/neglect, and child custody/support, Professor Fellmeth contributes a new expert insight into the evolution of children’s rights.”
Director, ABA Center on Children and the Law, American Bar Association

"Child Rights & Remedies is high-end one-stop shopping for child advocacy professionals who want to excel at their work. Professor Fellmeth carefully lays out the issues, politics, laws, and cases that advocates need to understand to be on top of their game. The lawyers, judges, social workers, and other advocates who are trained using this book will be better prepared to fight for the rights of children. As a result, the field as a whole will be strengthened and children's lives will be improved."
President & CEO, Voices for America’s Children

"Robert Fellmeth, a passionate and long-time advocate for children, provides the reader with an extraordinarily comprehensive and thought provoking text on Children’s Rights and Remedies. This text is a must read for all child advocates who wish to advance the rights of children. Fellmeth sets the stage by presenting the process, the political mechanisms, that determine who has power, who has access to power and why as a result children do not fare well in our nation despite the often endless and meaningless rhetoric that we value and respect children. As a nation we have yet to align our actions with our words. He then proceeds to address children’s rights and remedies in numerous areas including but not limited to education, public benefits, disabilities, child support, child care, and tort actions against children that result in harm. His global approach to children’s rights and remedies enables child advocates to better understand the significant connections between global policies and issues and those they address in their day to day advocacy. And as a result of making those connections, advocates can more effectively advance the rights of and remedies for all children.
President , National Association of Counsel for Children

"Robert Fellmeth is one of America's leading child advocates. His knowledge of the political, legislative and legal aspects of advocacy for children is unparalleled, and this extraordinary book is the definitive treatment of the subject. Professor Fellmeth has carefully edited the relevant appellate cases. In addition to case law,however, which one finds in other books on children and the law, Professor Fellmeth's materials provide insights into the legislative and political processes that are unique, extremely valuable, and nowhere else to befound in the literature. Scattered throughout the book are provocative questions to stimulate interesting class discussion. This book is one of a kind and is highly recommended."
Professor of Law, McGeorge School of law, University of the Pacific
Author of Legal Issues in Child Abuse and Neglect Practice