• The 2023 edition of the Abuse, Neglect, Dependency – TPR Manual Is Here!

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    My belated Valentine’s gift to you all is the 2023 edition of Abuse, Neglect, Dependency, and Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings in North Carolina, otherwise known as “the A/N/D Manual” or “the Manual.”

    The 2023 edition of the Manual is now available at no charge on the SOG website, here. This edition replaces the February 2022 edition and is current through December 31, 2023 for both appellate opinions issued by the North Carolina appellate courts (most of which are published) as well as legislative changes made through that date. This updated and revised edition includes over 100 new opinions and the legislative changes impacting child welfare, including the significant changes to infant safe surrender.

    For the online version, you can download the entire Manual or individual chapters. For those of you who prefer a soft-bound printed version, one will be available to purchase in March. If you’d like to be notified when a printed version of the Manual is available for purchase, click here.

    As those of you who work in this area know, the law is constantly changing either because of legislative changes or appellate opinions interpreting the law. Please use this current edition rather than refer to older Manual editions. Seriously, stop using older editions as they are outdated. If you need to, move your rabbit ears, your highlights, your tabs, etc. to this new edition. Visually, the 2023 edition has an orange banner on the microsite and orange cover for the print version.

    The School’s partner for this Manual is the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). Production of this Manual was made possible with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Administration for Children and Families, and the Court Improvement Program of the AOC. Thank you Kiesha Crawford!

    This Manual takes a team to produce. I’d like to give a shout out to specific School colleagues who worked with me on this edition: Caitlin Little, Timothy Heinle, Mark Botts, Kevin Justice, Kit Sweeney; and Lindsay Hoyt.

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