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Vandervort, Frank E.

Clinical Professor of Law
Child Advocacy Law Clinic
Juvenile Justice Law Clinic

3124 South Hall

Professor Frank Vandervort is a clinical professor of law whose primary interests include juvenile justice, child welfare, and interdisciplinary practice. He cofounded the Juvenile Justice Clinic with Professor Kimberly Thomas in 2009. Professor Vandervort is the president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and serves as a co​nsultant to Trauma Informed Child Welfare Systems, a federally funded training and technical assistance program. He received a BA from Michigan State University and a JD from Wayne State University.

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"Federal Legislation Protecting Children and Providing for Their Well-Being." In Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases. 3rd ed., edited by D. Duquette, M. Hardin, and V. S. Sankaran, 231-74. Denver: Bradford Publishing Co., 2016.MLaw Catalog

"Legal Issues in Child Welfare Cases Involving Children with Disabilities." In Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect in Children with Disabilities, edited by V. J. Palusci and J. B. Kay. Forthcoming.​

Co-author. "Does Changing Mandated Reporting Laws Improve Child Maltreatment Reporting in Large U.S. Counties?" V. J. Palusci and J. Lewis, co-authors. Child. & Youth Serv. Rev. (Forthcoming).

Co-author. "A Liberal Dilemma: Respecting Autonomy While Also Protecting Inchoate Children from Prenatal Substance Abuse." A. J. Weisberg, co-author. Wm. & Mary Bill of Rts. 24, no. 1 (2016): 659-708.
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"Juvenile Justice Reform and the Myth of the Superpredator." Bridge Magazine (May 17, 2016).
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"New Study Confirms Link Between Hitting Children and Poor Outcomes." The Chron. of Soc. Change, Fostering Media Connections. May 5, 2016.
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"Hastert and Duggars, Two Very Different Cases of Sexual Misconduct." The Chron. of Soc. Change, June 22, 2015.
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"Using Screening and Assessment Evidence of Trauma in Child Welfare Cases." ABA Child L. Prac. 34, no. 5 (2015): 65, 70-6.
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​Co-author. "Universal reporting laws and child maltreatment report rates in large U.S. counties." V. J. Palusci, co-author. Child. & Youth Serv. Rev. 38 (2014): 20-8.​​
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​Co-author. "Effects of Clergy Reporting Laws on Child Maltreatment Report Rates." V. J. Palusci, co-author. APSAC Advisor 26, no. 1 (2014): 16-26.​
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Co-author. "Arguing on the Side of Culture." D. Chopp and R. Ortega, co-authors. Litig. J. Fall 2014 (2014): 10-3.​

​"Protecting Child Witnesses on the Witness Stand: The Law and the Role of the Forensic Social Worker in Criminal Proceedings." J. Forensic Soc. Work 3, no. 2 (2013): 150-75.​​​

State Editor. Juvenile Collateral Consequences in the State of Michigan. J. Seber, lead author. American Bar Association, 2013.

​Co-author. "Invited Commentary on 'Issue in Differential Response'." V. Vaughan-Eden, co-author. Res. Soc. Work Prac. 23, no. 5 (2013): 550-3.
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Co-author. "What Works in Protecting Child Witnesses." K. C. Faller, co-author. In What Works in Child Welfare, edited by P. A. Curtis and G. Alexander. 2012.

"Child Welfare Cases Involving Mental Illness: Reflections on the Role and Responsibilities of the Lawyer-Guardian Ad Litem." Mich. Child Welfare L. J. 14, no. 2 (2012): 31-43.
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Co-author. "Building Resilience in Foster Children: The Role of the Child's Advocate." J. Henry and M. A. Sloane, co-authors. Children's Legal Rights Journal 32, no. 3 (2012): 1-24.​
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"Professional Practitioners' Views on Videotaping: Capturing and Conveying a Child's Story." K. M. Staller, co-author. In Seeking Justice in Child Sexual Abuse: Shifting Burdens and Sharing Responsibilities, edited by K. M. Staller and K. C. Faller, 113-40. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 2010.


Co-presented "The Impact of Trauma on Brain Development and How to Interpret Evaluations" (with James Henry, PhD, and Mark A. Sloane, DO) at the 15th National Conference on Children & The Law: Lawyers as Partners for Family Well-Being, Washington, D.C., July 12, 2013.

Co-presented "Research Presentation: Understanding Child Abuse Reporting" (with Dr. Vincent Palusci) at the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children's 21st Annual Colloquium, Las Vegas, June 26, 2013.

Organized and co-presented "Interdisciplinary Advocacy for Children's Lawyers," a full-day, pre-conference training session for children's lawyers at the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children's 21st Annual Colloquium, Las Vegas, June 25, 2013.

Co-presented "The Need for Early and Comprehensive Child and Family Assessment for Adequate Case Planning" (with Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD) at the 2013 One Child, Many Hands conference, University of Pennsylvania, June 14, 2013.

Co-presented "Resilient Testimony: Reflection, Regulation, and Response" (with Lisa Velez, MSW, ACSW, and Pam Schuen, MA) at the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health 2013 Biannual Conference, Lansing, May 19, 2013.

Presented "The Need for Early Evaluation in Juvenile Proceedings" at the Michigan Association for Family Court Administration Annual Meeting, Spring Lake, Mich., May 17, 2013.

Co-presented "Trauma Informed Practice for Advocates and Decision-Makers” (with James Henry, PhD, and Mark A. Sloane, DO) at the 11th Annual Child Welfare Law Conference: Transforming Child Welfare Through Representation, Bellaire, Mich., May 16, 2013.