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This course covers legal issues related to childhood. The course is divided into three phases. The course first focuses on the relationship between the child, parent, and state. This phase will include discussion of parentage, the constitutional rights of parents and children, and the right of the state to intervene in families with respect to children. The course turns to discussions of civil child neglect and abuse, termination of parental rights, and foster care. The final segment of the course addresses juvenile delinquency, including the basis for the juvenile delinquency system, the constitutional rights of juvenile offenders, and the juvenile delinquency process.