How to Deliver High-Quality Legal Representation in the COVID-19 Crisis

Federal Guidance

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau (CB) issues guidance to courts, attorneys and child welfare agencies during the COVID-19 public health crisis. CB urges courts to refrain from making sweeping blanket orders ceasing, suspending, or postponing court hearings and reducing or suspending family visitation.  Read letter here.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau (CB) issues a second letter regarding technology for court hearings. Read letter here.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau (CB) issues a third letter regarding federal funding for cell phones and PPE. Read letter here.
  • Webinar: Covid-19 and Child Welfare Cases
  • Family integrity is not expendable, even in the face of Covid-19, see article: “Top Federal Child Welfare Officials: Family Is a Compelling Reason” 
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau (CB) issues a fourth letter regarding Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption Assistance. Read letter here.

Sample Advocacy Tools

Sample Emergency Court Orders and Rules

Virtual Visitation

Resources for Working with Children and Youth

Helpful Tips

Helpful Websites