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Child Law Research Guide: Getting Started

This guide includes resources for researching issues such as adoption, child abuse, child support, custody and visitation, and juvenile justice.

Child Law - Introduction

This research guide covers the resources available to members of the Loyola community who are researching Child Law.  For the purposes of this guide, "Child Law" includes legal issues such as adoption, child abuse, child support, custody and visitation rights, and juvenile justice.  Most of the controlling primary law in this area is state law, although there is some Federal and International law as well.  While the guide focuses on Illinois law, there are links to sources for finding laws from other states, as well as to uniform and model laws.

This guide does not attempt cover related subjects such as marriage, divorce, and spousal abuse, nor does it cover ancillary subjects such as tax and estate planning, although those topics may be discussed in some of the resources cited in this guide.

Access to some of the electronic resources included in this guide is limited to users who have a valid Loyola ID and password; access to other resources is restricted to the law school community only.

If you have any questions about using any of the sources listed in this guide, or any other reference questions, please contact one of our Reference Librarians at (312) 915-7205, by e-mail at, or in person at the Reference Desk (Law Library, 3rd floor).

Civitas ChildLaw Center

Center for the Human Rights of Children

Primary Sources - Illinois

Study Aids

The Law Library provides online access to these study aids (and many other study aids) for Loyola Law students through our subscriptions to West Academic Study AidsAspen Learning Library, and LexisNexis Digital Library. A valid Loyola Law School ID and password are required for remote access to these subscription services.

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Joe Mitzenmacher
Reference & Electronic Services Librarian
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson St.
Chicago, IL 60611