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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 immediate past president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and chair of its Amicus and Public Policy Committee. He received a BA from Michigan State University and a JD from Wayne State University.

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"Substance Abuse and the Inchoate Child." In The Oxford Handbook of Children and Law, edited by J. W. Dwyer et al. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming.

"Reviewer's Note." V. J. Palusci, co-author. The Quarterly Update, 36. The Ray E. Helfer Society, XXIV (2017).
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"Legal Issues in Child Welfare Cases Involving Children with Disabilities." J. B. Kay, co-author. In Child Abuse: Children with Disabilities, edited by V. J. Palusci et al., 213-34. Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2017.

"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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"Juvenile Justice Reform and the Myth of the Superpredator." Bridge Mag. (May 17, 2016).
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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, Colo.: Bradford Publishing Co., 2016.

"Does Changing Mandated Reporting Laws Improve Child Maltreatment Reporting in Large U.S. Counties?" V. J. Palusci and J. Lewis, co-authors. Child. & Youth Services Rev. 66 (2016): 170-9.
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"Differential Response: Misrepresentation of CPS Investigation and Case Fact Finding." R. C. Hughes, co-author. APSAC Advisor 28, no. 7 (2016).

"A Liberal Dilemma: Respecting Autonomy While Also Protecting Inchoate Children from Prenatal Substance Abuse." A. J. Weisberg, co-author. Wm. & Mary Bill of Rts. J. 24, no. 3 (2016): 659-708.
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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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"Hastert and Duggars, Two Very Different Cases of Sexual Misconduct." The Chron. of Soc. Change, June 22, 2015.
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Facilitated a daylong Advanced Training Institute on Abusive Head Trauma at the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children's Advanced Training Institute, Portland, Maine, June 2017.

Co-presented "Working Effectively in the Legal System" to a multidisciplinary audience at the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children's Advanced Training Summit, Portland, Maine, June 2017.

Co-presented "APSAC Position Paper on Allegations of Child Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence in Divorce/Parental Relationship Dissolution" at the One Child, Many Hands Conference, University of Pennsylvania, June 2017.

Upon a vote of the board of directors, his term as immediate past president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children was extended by one year.

Received the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children's Outstanding Service Award for 2016.

Received the Pro Humanitate Award from the North American Resource Center on Child Welfare, which is awarded "to a child welfare professional in law, medicine, journalism, social work, nursing, or psychology who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to advocacy for maltreated children."