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.

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…

Active Efforts in ICWA Cases During the Pandemic

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) cases are being severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic: courts are delaying time sensitive hearings, tribal family’s visits are being disrupted or canceled altogether, and case plan services are being put on hold. This raises concerns of whether active efforts tribal families need in order to reunite with their children…

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.  

Right to Counsel Map

Interactive map with a 50-state view of the latest civil right to counsel activities, the status of civil right to counsel law by type of case (child welfare, paternity, guardianship, etc.), the efforts in which the NCCRC is involved, or the states where NCCRC has a presence.   View the Right to Counsel Map