September 19, 2008
Christine Henry Andresen ('06) featured in "Child Protective Services: What happens in the courtroom?"
A recent Statesman.com feature detailing the process of Child Protective Services (CPS) law used cases represented by Christine Henry Andresen (’06), who appears on the Web site as the featured parent’s lawyer. The site includes an interactive video tour of the legal process that shows "who's who" in the court.
The video tour, called “A closer look at Child Protective Services: What happens in the courtroom?” is designed to clarify the complex process of CPS law by showing the different stages: the early hearings, middle permanency hearings and termination at the end. Several different families are used as examples, and Andresen said, “Two of the cases mentioned in the articles actually included child clients of mine.”
Andresen, a solo practitioner in family law, said roughly 40% of her practice deals with CPS cases. “CPS cases are about the tension between a child's right to a forever home and parents' rights to raise their own children,” she said. “The parents get a year to sort out their own problems. If they've gotten it together in that year, the case is headed for reunification. If not, it's headed for termination, and the child will hopefully get to live with adoptive family, ideally who are also biological relatives.”
Along with CPS cases, Andresen's practice consists of private family law cases including divorces, child custody and visitation suits and GLBT work. She also takes on reduced-fee cases from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, primarily divorces for domestic violence victims.
>>View the Statesman.com feature “A closer look at Child Protective Services”