The 2015 edition of this manual presents and explains the laws, procedures, concepts, and people related to abuse, neglect, dependency, and termination of parental rights proceedings in North Carolina. It is designed to be useful as both a reference manual and a training tool, with an intended primary audience of district court judges, social services attorneys, parents’ attorneys, and guardian ad litem attorney advocates.

Chapters will be updated annually to reflect changes in the law. Each chapter indicates the date it was updated. Important changes occurring between updates can be found by clicking on the Recent Developments link in the page menu.  

For additional resources in this field, consult the School’s Juvenile Law page, which contains summaries of recent cases, training materials, additional publications of interest, and other resources.

Production of this manual was made possible with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Administration for Children and Families, and the Court Improvement Program of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts. This manual is copyrighted to the UNC School of Government and may not be sold or used for commercial purposes without the School’s permission.

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Faculty Coordinators

Kella W. Hatcher
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Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government