New Resources and Important Information


The CLARO E-News recaps the most recent posted articles from the previous month. Click for the most recent edition. 


Since July, 2005 the Louisiana Supreme Court Division of Children and Families has been collecting and maintaining information received from attorneys pursuant to this Rule.  This list is a compilation based on information submitted to the Supreme Court and includes those attorneys qualified for appointment as counsel for children in child abuse and neglect cases as of the day indicated in the update notice. It is the continuing responsibility of each attorney to provide documentation of his/her qualifications to the Division of Children and Families.  Any attorney who has not submitted, prior to January 31 each year, evidence of attendance of at least six hours of approved continuing legal education in the past calendar year will no longer be considered as qualified under this Rule. Questions or comments about the list of qualified counsel for children in child abuse and neglect cases?  Please e-mail Alanah Odoms Hebert, Director, Division of Children and Families, Louisiana Supreme Court: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Use the 2018 Attorney Reporting Form for Submitting Hours.


The basic and most important determination judicial and child welfare agency staff make in child in need of care cases is whether a child(ren) is safe. Critical decisions are made when removing a child and determining whether a child should return home. However, without a a comprehensive decision-making structure and thorough inquiry, decisions can lead to over and under removal, leaving children in unsafe placements or returning them home too quickly. Pre-registration required. 1 hour CLE/CEU approved.  FREE TRAINING.  Click for more information or to register.

MOSAIC DIMENSION 2.0 - February 28th in Baton Rouge

This training introduces participants to concepts of cultural diversity through the Mosaic Dimension Model.  It helps to foster a climate of success to positively impact disproportionality & disparity for all children through seven extraordinary practices. The Mosaic Dimension is based on the assumption that children who are moving through the Foster Care system are as culturally unique and different as mosaic patterns.  The Mosaic Dimension can be defined as a montage of people who bring a variety of invisible, undiscovered, backgrounds, styles, perspectives, values, patterns and beliefs as assets to relationships, communities,  situations and environments.  This experiential, scenario-based training is designed to go beyond traditional programs to explore this topic on a broader level.  It includes a data-driven practicum designed to encourage and strengthen transfer of knowledge and competencies to actual work experience. $25 includes lunch. 6.5 hours CLE/CEU Approved. Pre-registration required. Click for more information or to register.

CHILD WELFARE BASICS - April 13th in New Orleans

Join us for a one-day workshop focused on the fundamentals of the Child in Need of Care practice. This program is designed for a multi-disciplinary audience. Faculty members will discuss the constitutional, federal and state law underlying child welfare cases. Attendees will explore these legal principles, as well as the concepts of timely permanency for families, reasonable efforts both to prevent removal and to further the permanency goal, child development, the impact of trauma on child behavior, and the roles and responsibilities of the various parties to a child welfare case.  The roles and responsibilities session will include a focus on ethics – namely, the guiding ethical rules and regulations for the different professional roles. The training will incorporate adult learning theory, incorporating lecture, small group discussion and interactive practice.  Child Welfare Law Specialist applicants will enjoy this refresher course prior to sitting for the examination. 6.5 hours CLE and CEU (includes 1 hour of MCLE Ethics). Lunch included - $25 for full day!! Pre-registration is required. Click for more information or to register. 


SAVE THE DATE! Together We Can Conference is October 15-17, 2018 in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Currently Speaker Proposals are being accepted.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 15:36

Each year in conjunction with the Center on Children and the Law, the ABA Young Lawyers Division honors one young lawyer and one non-young lawyer for dedicated service on behalf of children. Award recipients are recognized at the Young Lawyers Division Assembly during the ABA Annual Meeting. The Nomination Deadline is April 29, 2018.  Award catefories:

  • Young Lawyer (on September 1 the individual must be less than 36 years of age or admitted to practice in his/her first bar within the past five years)
  • Non-Young Lawyer (on September 1 the individual must be 36 or more years of age or admitted to practice in his/her first bar more than five years ago)

For more information, see: If you have questions, please contact Renee Lugo, Program Specialist, Young Lawyers Division, American Bar This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.<mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 13:51

CliffsNotes on Family First Act, Part Three: Adoption, Foster Home Recruitment, Reunification and More (Commentary)

Chronicle of Social Change - February 15, 2018

The foster care prevention services and the limits on congregate care are the central reasons for this legislation. But there are several significant provisions that are included in the bill that became law.

Also: CliffsNotes on Family First Act, Part One: Services to Prevent Foster Care:

Also: CliffsNotes on Family First Act, Part Two: Limiting Support for Congregate Foster Care:

Monday, 19 February 2018 09:59

Spotlight on Early Childhood Collaboration/Early Intervention
Collaboration among early childhood professionals, parents, and other stakeholders is important to ensuring children's developmental needs are being met and that children reach their full potential. In this issue, read about a range of products developed to facilitate partnerships between professionals and parents to promote the developmental, social, and educational growth of young children; a case study of a collaboration between a daycare and early childhood education agency and a traditional academic children's hospital; the extent to which pediatric primary care providers share hearing and vision screening results with early care and education programs; and a study that explores and compares parents' and preschool workers' perceptions of bullying with respect to preschool workers' competence, collaboration with parents, and strategies for dealing with bullying.


Early Intervention Collaboration


A Children's Hospital and an Early Childhood Education Center Collaborate to Provide Health-Care Services for Children


Sharing Screening Results With Early Care, Education Programs


Parents' and Preschool Workers' Perceptions of Bullying in Early Childhood

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 16:18

The Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund (LCTF) is now seeking Applicants for their 2018-19 Grant Cycle.  Any public-private agency (501( c ) (3) status) that has a program, project, training, workshop, or seminar that provides services or education to prevent child abuse and/or neglect may be eligible to apply.  Attached are program and conference applications for your convenience.  Feel free to share with your networks.  For more information, visit or contact Ms. Katina Semien via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 11:48

State supreme courts are increasingly being asked to provide guidance about requests for findings related to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).[1] An immigrant youth can only seek SIJS, a form of humanitarian immigration relief, from the federal government after securing a state court order that includes specific findings. As the number of immigrant children and youth seeking SIJS has increased, more state trial and appellate courts are asked to consider petitions for findings in specific cases and, more broadly, the role of a state court in the SIJS process.

Several appellate decisions focus on whether the trial court can enter any SIJS findings. Others address more discrete areas, such as what a trial court with jurisdiction over youth under 18 should do when the young person reaches the age of majority in the state. In a recent case, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (the court of last resort in Washington, D.C.) addressed the finding of reunification of an immigrant youth with a parent not being viable due to abandonment. Read the rest of the article, click here.  Source: ABA Child Law Practice Today.  January 24, 2018 by Cristina Cooper


Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:36

The 2018 Pelican Center for Children and Families catalog of training courses has been updated. The courses listed cover the full year and include both live and webinar training opportunities. Live courses are $25 per event and include lunch and materials. The webinars are free! Please sign up in advance. Walk-ins are not accepted as we have to order food in advance. Click below to access the attached pdf file. 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 17:28

The annual Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available for the 2018 Together We Can conference. The conference will be October 15-17, 2018 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Please go to:  Review of speaker proposals will begin in early February. Please turn in your proposal early. Questions? Contact Susan Shaffette (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Sharon Delvisco (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at Team Dynamics. 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 16:53

In early 2017, the American Bar Association officially passed a policy adopting the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education (LCFCE) Blueprint for Change: Education Success for Children in Foster Care ( and the Legal Center for Youth Justice and Education (LCYJE) Blueprint for Change: Education Success for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System ( Both Blueprints were produced under the leadership of the ABA Center on Children and the Law through partnerships with the Education Law Center, Juvenile Law Center, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The ABA's endorsement of the two Blueprints means the nation's largest legal association stands behind the approaches contained in each Blueprint and supports their widespread adoption. The ABA calls on judges, lawyers, and other legal practitioners to advocate for improved policies and practices that support education success for court-involved youth. The ABA also calls on federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local legislatures, government agencies, and courts to adopt laws, regulations, policies, and court rules to implement the Blueprints. There are two documents. The first (PDF) is the ABA policy language. The second provides more information about the implications this ABA policy can have in the field broadly and for your individual jurisdictions.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:29

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges recently passed resolutions and policy statements on how to improve the lives of youth and families involved with juvenile or family courts. The resolutions address the needs of homeless youth and families, support a developmental approach to juvenile probation, and recognize the need for independent oversight of youth confinement facilities. The Council also released two bench cards: one with guidance on working with youth regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, and one on applying principles of adolescent development in delinquency proceedings. In addition, the Council released a guide of principles and practices addressing custody and visitation.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 12:01

The US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families and Office for Civil Rights have compiled documents that provide guidance to ensure that child welfare agencies and state court systems are aware of their responsibilities to protect the civil rights of children and families in the child welfare system. The attached documents will address policy for Title VI, Disabilities, and Disproportionality issues.

Monday, 13 March 2017 15:34

The Complete Engaging Fathers Podcast Series Now Available!

Children with a caring father figure in their lives are at less risk for behavioral problems, substance use, teen pregnancy, and incarceration than their peers who lack positive paternal involvement.  Learn how you can engage fathers and paternal family members in your everyday casework and improve outcomes for the children and families you serve in our new 3-part podcast series, Engaging FathersEngaging Fathers explores partnerships between child welfare agencies and community fatherhood organizations that work toward engaging fathers and paternal-side family members. Including fathers and paternal family members in casework effectively doubles a child's family resources. Listen to professionals from child welfare agencies and fatherhood organizations discuss why it's so important to have a father in a child's life and learn about steps that child welfare agencies can take to partner with community fatherhood organizations to improve father engagement.

The Engaging Fathers podcast series features valuable insights and perspectives from fatherhood engagement experts with the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, a faith-based nonprofit organization; Daddy University, a Philadelphia-based male parenting education company; and the Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action, a community change organization aimed at strengthening families:

Visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway Podcast Series page today for these and other conversations that span the child welfare continuum.

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