attachments between the child and psychological parent would
mitigate the potential harm to the child and ensure the fair and equal
protection of non-traditional families.
As family dynamics evolve, so must child welfare law. Over
the last forty years, there has been a significant rise in the number of
non-traditional families. The number of children raised by
psychological parents is increasing. A judicial rethinking of the
psychological parent’s role in dependency proceedings or a change
in pertinent legislation is necessary for the sake of these children and
the modern families in which they are raised.
neglect on early brain development); REMOVAL FROM THE HOME, supra note 84
(explaining that removing a child from his or her family can be just as traumatic as
exposure to abuse and neglect and can have negative effects that last a lifetime,
including psychological and neurobiological effects associated with disrupted