Daniel Pollack, professor at the Wurzweieler School of Social Work, has published two articles in Policy & Practice, the journal of the American Public Human Services Association, and one in the Ohio Northern University Law Review.

Codifying the Use of Dolls and Diagrams as Testifying Aids for Children in Abuse Cases” examines whether the use of dolls or diagrams as testifying aids in child abuse cases should be codified in statute. He notes that legal opinion is split on the question, with some officials pointing to the haphazard training given in their use and research which points to questions about their effectiveness.

In “The Role of a Guardian Ad Litem in a Termination of Parental Rights Proceeding,” he explores the arguments that the legal and social work professions have about the nature and responsibilities of the guardian’s role, and what, exactly, it means to act in the best interests of the child.

Multiple Foster Care Placements Should be Considered a Mitigating Factor in Criminal Proceedings,” co-authored with Khaya Eisenberg, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Jerusalem, Israel, and Amanda Dolce, a licensed attorney in Florida, explore whether foster care per se should be considered a mitigating circumstance in criminal proceedings, concluding that “what has become clear is that multiple foster placements—arbitrarily defined as more than five placements—warrant treatment as a mitigating circumstance in criminal proceedings.”

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