Center For Family Representation, Michele Cortese, writes op-ed about why parents should have access to legal team during child welfare investigations.

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Hear from Family Voices United about the importance of legal representation for families

Listen to the podcast here. Read the companion paper here.

Indigent parent representation to be provided in six north Mississippi counties

Daily Journal – October 08, 2019 Six northeast Mississippi counties are now providing legal representation to some parents during youth court proceedings. The counties – Alcorn, Itawamba, Lee, Pontotoc, Tishomingo and Union – and the state are splitting the costs to hire five attorneys to represent indigent parents in abuse and neglect proceedings in youth…

Midland County child advocate attorneys receive raise

KOSA – October 15, 2019 Attorneys advocating for children in child protective services will soon be paid more, thanks to an item approved by Midland County Commissioner Monday morning. The attorneys are paid around $100 an hour by the county to advocate in court for families whose children recently were placed in the foster care…

Chronicle of Philanthropy: This 23-Year-Old’s Newborn Was Taken by the Government. Here’s How She Got Her Back.

A recent article by the Chronicle of Philanthropy quotes FJI Executive Team Member, Mimi Laver and Michele Cortese Executive Director of the Center for Family Representation regarding parent representation. Read the article here.

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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