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. 

Article: Investing in Youth and Families

FJI Communications Workgroup Co-Chair Kathleen Creamer writes about the importance of investing in families and supporting kinship caregivers.

Leaning Into Discomfort and Disruption: A Call to Action for Children’s Attorneys

Kim Dvorechak, National Association of Counsel for Children executive director and FJI Communications Workgroup member describes how children’s lawyers can examine and improve their practice.

Article: After Years of Doing It Wrong as a Judge…l Know We Can Do Better!

 Judge William Thorne writes about keeping families safe through community: After Years of Doing It Wrong as a Judge…l Know We Can Do Better!

Article: Fault Lines and Opportunities

 FJI Executive Team Member Prudence Beidler Carr co-authors an article about ways to improve the child welfare legal system to safeguard family integrity.

Webinar – News You Can Use: Title IV-E Child Welfare Funding for Legal Representation

FJI Executive Team Member Joanne Moore will be presenting on using Title IVE funds for legal representation on September 22, 2020. 

It’s Not Enough To Mean Well

FJI Communications Workgroup Co-chair Cathy Krebs discusses racism in child welfare in her article for The Imprint, “It’s Not Enough to Mean Well”.

Webinar: Pre-Petition Legal Representation for Parents and Youth

The Family Justice Initiative is hosting a webinar on pre-petition legal representation for parents and youth in the child welfare system. Presenters will discuss pre-petition representation programs, including funding, getting started, relationship with the child welfare agency as a referral source, best practices and outcomes. The webinar will be on September 23, from 3:00 to…

Webinar: Multidisciplinary Legal Representation and its Positive Impact on Reunifications

Please join the ABA Center on Children and the Law for a free webinar on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 12:30 – 2:00 PM EST. The webinar explores how high-quality legal representation for parents and family reunification. Download the flyer to learn how to register.