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This report analyzes and evaluates state laws throughout the 50 states and the District of Columbia through an assessment of criteria critical to effective legal representation of children in child abuse and neglect proceedings. This report documents and details a state law trend toward implementing these criteria. Moreover federal policy now recognizes the importance of quality legal representation in these proceedings and offers states financial support for this purpose. We encourage all states to make use of this federal support and to help their courts achieve better outcomes for the abused and neglected children in their states. Federal legislators can also look to codify a national right to counsel for every abused and neglected child.