Congrats to East Bay Family Defenders

The FJI Team is happy to learn that East Bay Family Defenders will be recognized by state Senator Bob Wieckowski during his “State of the 10th Senate District Address and Awards” Ceremony.  EBFD is one of eleven honorees selected throughout the 10th Senate District. We are thrilled that EBFD is being recognized for their great…

Michigan’s Plans for IV-E Claiming for Parents and Children’s Attorneys

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Former foster youth, David Hall, talks about not knowing he had a lawyer while in foster care because his lawyer never spoke to him and how actually having an attorney could have made a difference for him and his mom.

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Florida’s foster children deserve high quality lawyers (Opinion)

Research has proved that high-quality legal representation for children is associated with better outcomes, shorter times in foster care, including the reduced use of expensive group home settings, and cost savings for states. Read the full article here.

Wyoming explores using federal IV-E funds to help support independent offices for parent and children’s counsel in child welfare proceedings

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Court of appeal in Washington vacates order terminating parental rights

Court of appeal in Washington vacates order terminating parental rights finding that the the superior court violated the appearance of fairness and parents’ due process because it assisted and advocated against the parents through its voluntary guardian ad litem program. Appellate court ordered the case remanded to a different county and ordered that the child…

CLS Blog: Family Advocacy: How Holistic Family Defense Helps Children Thrive

FJI collaborator, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, writes about how their interdisciplinary model of legal representation for parents helps families stay together in a blog about family advocacy. Read the post here.

Title IV-E Prevention Services CLEARINGHOUSE

The Title IV- E Prevention Services Clearinghouse was established by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct an objective and transparent review of research on programs and services intended to provide enhanced support to children and families and prevent foster care placements. View…

Child Welfare Policy Manual Update

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families updates the Child Welfare Policy Manual making clear that federal IV-E reimbursement for the costs of independent legal representation for parents and children is available to tribes administering Title IV-E programs. Child Welfare Policy Manual, Section 8.1B, Question 31.  

Administration for Children and Families Information Memorandum

In a new Information Memorandum highlighting the importance of family and youth voice in a well-functioning child welfare system, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families identifies high-quality legal representation for children and parents as one of the key principles in its call to action to child welfare agencies, dependency courts, and court…