High-Quality Legal Representation in Safe Babies Court Teams

The ABA Center on Children and the Law is pleased to share “High-Quality Legal Representation in Safe Babies Court Teams Considerations for Attorneys.”

Out-of-Court Advocacy Guide

Out-of-court advocacy is critical in every child welfare legal proceeding. As an attorney for the child or parent, you must be a highly skilled litigator and be willing to use the court process to meet your client’s goals. You must also be skilled in out-of-court advocacy.

Oped: Right to Representation in Noncriminal Cases

You can lose your kids, home and freedom without ever seeing a lawyer. It’s a profound injustice. Powerful op-ed from The Washington Post on the right to representation in noncriminal cases.

Trauma Exposure Response

As a child welfare attorney, you are regularly exposed to trauma. Check out this new resource on trauma exposure response for child welfare attorneys.

Information Memorandum -Civil Legal Advocacy

Civil Legal Advocacy to Promote Child and Family Well-being, Address the Social Determinants of Health, and Enhance Community Resilience.

Article: The Case for a Centralized Office for Legal Representation in Child Welfare Cases

FJI Executive Team member, Mimi Laver, and FJI Communications Work Group Co-Chair, Cathy Krebs, recently published a new article “The Case for a Centralized Office for Legal Representation in Child Welfare Cases.”

Colorado Office of Respondent Parentsʼ Counsel Social Work Pilot Program

An evaluation Colorado Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel finds that when parents are represented by an interdisciplinary team that includes a social worker, children return home and stay safely with family at higher rates.

New Program Evaluation from the Colorado’s Office of the Child’s Representative

Colorado’s Office of the Child’s Representative (OCR)  completed an evaluation focused on engaging and empowering youth in child welfare court proceedings. The paper and an executive summary make recommendations based on data from nearly 300 youth surveys, 12 youth focus groups, youth-centered data from OCR court observations, and thousands of youth-centered GAL entries into OCR’s online case management system. 

Pre-Petition Legal Representation for Parents & Youth in Child Welfare

The Family Justice Initiative hosted a webinar on September 23, 2020 on pre-petition legal representation for parents and youth in the child welfare system. Presenters discussed pre-petition representation programs, including funding, getting started, relationship with the child welfare agency as a referral source, best practices and outcomes.  Presenters included: ·        Adam Ballout, Family Intervention Response to…

Special Series: The Moment Is Now

Read Children’s Bureau Express call to action to chart a different course to strengthen families through primary prevention and create a more just and equitable system focused on child and family well-being. This article series consensus statement that stresses how we must all value and invest in families and communities.