Children have a basic human right to be free of abuse and maltreatment. The late Dr. John Pardeck's "Children's Rights: Policy and Practice, Second Edition" comprehensively explores the latest legal, psychological, sociological, policy, and child advocacy issues dealing with children's rights. Essential issues are clearly discussed involving children at home, in school, in foster care, and in residential facilities. This new edition examines the practical and ethical issues inherent in balancing a child's right to self-determination against the same child's need to be protected. "Children's Rights" delves deep into the causes of abuse and neglect and offers help for families at risk. Techniques are presented for case and cause advocacy, as well as venues for family and individual therapy. Other discussions address the role and function of child protective services and the juvenile justice system, a review of effective social policy to protect and care for children, family health and children's rights issues, and children's rights in schools and day care facilities. This essential exploration includes extensive references and notes, a list of Web sites, and a comprehensive glossary of influential legal rulings focusing on children's rights. "Children's Rights" includes over 100 pages of new and updated material on: new rulings of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that have implications for children's rights; legal case studies; an overview and analysis of the Leave No Child Behind Act; children's rights and school violence; an expanded discussion on practice interventions focusing on various approaches for helping children adjust to substitute care; and an expanded examination on advocacy and children's rights, with emphasis on legal case studies as a tool for enhancing the rights of children. Balancing theoretical considerations, solid information, and practical advice, "Children's Rights" is an essential resource for child welfare workers, attorneys, educators, students, parents, and social workers.