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.

During Coronavirus, High-Quality Legal Representation Can Be a Lifesaver for Families

FJI leaders describe how high-quality legal representation for parents and children helps families reunify during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Family Justice Talks

Family Justice Talks (CIP Talks) are short video speeches by leading legal and child welfare experts highlighting how the legal community can work with partners to better serve vulnerable families and improve child welfare outcomes. The Family Justice Talks were produced by the Capacity Building Center for Courts in collaboration with the Children’s Bureau and…

Interdisciplinary Parent Representation: Bringing Hope to Families During the Pandemic and Beyond.

FJI Executive Team member Mimi Laver moderated a webinar focused on high-quality interdisciplinary legal representation for parents in child welfare proceedings. Speakers shared information and inspiration for those on the front lines of working with families. You can view the webinar here.

In Child Welfare Cases, Just Any Old Lawyer Won’t Do

“This pandemic has provided a long-overdue jolt to our system. This jolt gives us the chance to re-examine our broken system and to reimagine how we can better support families. Strong legal representation by institutional providers is a first step.” Read the full article here.