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This article addresses the unique ethical conflicts that are encountered in forensic psychiatry. Special issues for the forensic child and adolescent psychiatrist in the areas of custody, sexual abuse, termination of parental rights and adoption, evaluation of juvenile offenders, and maternal-fetal conflicts are addressed. The need for neutrality, objectivity, and integrity in performing forensic evaluations is stressed.

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