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” 

Sample Advocacy Tools

Sample Emergency Court Orders and Rules

Virtual Visitation

Resources for Working with Children and Youth

Helpful Tips

Helpful Websites