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CINA adjudication requires proof, not presumption, appeals court says (access required)

The we’ve-always-done-it-that-way defense has failed in Maryland’s second-highest court, which ruled last week that a finding of a child in need of assistance must be proven with evidence and testimony rather than just presumed based on a referenced social services report alleging parental neglect or abuse. The Cecil County Department of Social Services’ report was damning ...