What rights does a juvenile defendant have at a trial? How does the law define a Child Requiring Assistance? What are the rights and responsibilities of un- married fathers? How are students with special needs identified and helped? Kids and the Law/Los Menores y la Ley has answers to these questions and many more. Written in plain English, with Spanish translation, it is a revision of the first book of its kind in MA—an easy-to-use, comprehensive guide to the laws and court actions involving children and their families. Topics covered include delinquency proceedings, child neglect and abuse laws, legal issues related to school, mental health and substance use problems, a glossary with clear definitions of legal terms, and a resource section that points the way to further information and services. Rebecca Pries, LMHC, serves as co-chair of the Massachusetts Alliance of Juvenile Court Clinics (MAJCC), a statewide advocacy group. She is the founder and former Executive Director of Adolescent Consultation Services (ACS).  CarolRosensweig,Esq., serves as the Children and Family Law (CAFL) Division Trial Panel Director at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender agency.  This guide is the result of their joint efforts on behalf of children and families. “This book is a timely revision to the ground-breaking guide to Massa- chusetts laws that impact children. It has stood the test of time as it has been proven to be an indispensable resource for children and families involved with the Juvenile Court and for those who serve them.” Marylou Sudders Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Adolescent Consultation Services 189 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 617-494-0135 www.acskids.org