Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Child and Family Law Courses

670: Child Welfare Law and Policy (Online)

Credit Hours



This course focuses on federal and state legal and policy efforts to protect children from abuse, neglect and other forms of maltreatment.   Topics include mandatory reporting laws, liability issues, the general structure and content of child protection laws, including permanency planning and termination of parental rights. Students will explore the concept of the best interest of the child in a legal context and review laws and research aimed at promoting children’s welfare.