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CONGRATULATIONS! CHILD WELFARE LAW SPECIALISTS IN LOUISIANA

We are pleased to announce the list of attorneys who have successfully passed the exam to become a certified Child Welfare Law Specialist through the NACC. We will update this list as others earn this credential. We congratulation those on the list. Your dedication to children is outstanding! Click to view the list of Certified Child Welfare Law Specialists from Louisiana. For additional information about the NACC CWLS program, click here or contact Thailund Porter-Green, Training Director, Pelican Center for Children and Families (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

QUALIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS FOR ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING CHILDREN IN NEED OF CARE

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 Kären Hallstrom, 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.

SAFETY DECISION MAKING LIVE - September 18th in Marksville

This course is based upon the American Bar Association publication, “Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys” (Guide), written by Therese Roe Lund, MSSW, National Resource Center for Child Protective Services and Jennifer Renne, JD, National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues. A quote from the Introduction of the Guide summarizes both its purpose and the purpose of this course. “Safety planning in the child welfare system is a shared responsibility, but ultimately the court must make critical safety decisions such as whether to remove a child and when to return a child home. Judges rules on these choices every day, but often lack a decision-making structure, which can lead to following agency recommendations without a thorough inquiry. Click to Register. Sponsored by the Pelican Center for Children and Families. 6 hours CLE and SW CEU approved. Click for more information.  $25 fee, includes lunch.

CULTURAL CONSCIOUSNESS - September 27th in Natchitoches

This course introduces participants to concepts of cultural consciousness in the workplace and explores the impact of personal views and values regarding sexual orientation, gender, race and ethnicity on their role. Through activities, videos and group discussions, participants explore the roots of their biases and assumptions and how these dynamics affect their working relationships with others. During the course, participants are challenged to address issues concerning how their perspectives on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender are impacted by their world views. Participants also create and share strategies for raising awareness and interacting more effectively with individuals who are different from themselves. Click to Register. Sponsored by the Pelican Center for Children and Families. 6 hours CLE and SW CEU approved. Click for more information.  $25 fee, includes lunch.

REGISTER NOW! TOGETHER WE CAN CONFERENCE - October 15-17, 2018 in Lafayette

Join us in Lafayette, Louisiana for the 16th Annual Together We Can conference. Registration is open and the conference brochure is available at: www.latwc.org. One, two and three-day options are available for attendees. Commissioner Jerry Milner is among the keynote speakers this year. Questions? Call 985-624-3514 for more information.  EARLY BIRD RATES EXPIRE ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH! Download the conference brochure here.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 12:03

As part of the 21st National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (April 24-26, 2019), the Children's Bureau is accepting nominations for the Children's Bureau Champion Awards. Please see the attached for more information. We encourage you to send this information to your networks or submit a nomination. Nominations are due November 12th, 2018. The Children’s Bureau Champion Awards honor those working to improve the overall health and well-being of our nation’s children and families. Awards will be given in the following five areas: preventing child maltreatment; reshaping foster care as a support to families; promoting child and family well-being; building community capacity; and supporting the workforce. More information, including how to submit a nomination, is available on the NCCAN website.  Please let Rosie Gomez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  know if you have any questions.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:52

The ABA Center on Children and the Law is seeking proposals to present at our two upcoming conferences:

  • National Conference on Access to Justice for Children and Families (2-day focus for all child law professionals), April 9-10, 2019 Request for Proposals 
  • National Conference on Parent Representation (2-day focus on parent advocacy), April 11-12, 2019 Request for Proposals 

Please view proposal criteria and the online proposal form for each conference at the links above. Proposal deadline: October 9, 2019. For information about past conferences, visit the Center's National Conferences web page.

Thursday, 23 August 2018 10:20

Louisiana family services agency takes first steps to expanding foster care eligibility to age 21Acadiana Advocate - August 22, 2018

Department of Children and Family Services officials got what they wanted this summer when Sen. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, passed a bill setting up a panel to study raising the age of foster care eligibility from 18 to 21. They were floored when Sen. Ryan Gatti, R-Bossier City, then successfully pushed a law mandating the change immediately, before the panel was even formed. Gatti's bill came "out of nowhere," said DCFS Secretary Marketa Walters, speaking Wednesday in an interview during breakout sessions at a community meeting in Lafayette.  Additional Resources: Information Gateway resource: Support Services for Youth in Transition: Life Skills. Read Article.  

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 11:14

The All Children - All Families Webinar Series kicks off tomorrow, August 1st at 3:00 PM ET with our introductory 90-minute offering on LGBTQ competency for child welfare professionals. This webinar, along with our two other core offerings on serving LGBTQ parents and LGBTQ youth, will be presented live monthly from August to March and available on demand. All three core webinars provide 1.5 CE credits from NASW at a cost of $40/webinar. Click here to register and learn more about purchasing CEs. Note: Employees at ACAF participating agencies are eligible for a 50% discount on CEs. If your agency participates in ACAF, ask your team’s ACAF leads for the discount code to submit at time of purchase. Not sure if your agency is eligible? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or request to participate today.

Looking for in-person staff training? ACAF’s 3-part training series is also eligible for NASW CE credit -- up to 18 hours! Learn more at hrc.im/acaf-training. Sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign.

Monday, 21 May 2018 12:00

There is a newly updated APP available for Apple and Android devices that was developed by the Louisiana Children's Justice Act Taskforce. This APP has national, state and parish level resources for those who work in the field of child welfare. It also has the state's Safe Haven locations listed by parish. Please share the APP flyer so that more people begin using the APP. 

Monday, 14 May 2018 11:28

The growing opioid crisis has been declared a public health emergency. It's sparked a parallel crisis you rarely hear about: the impact on children neglected by addicted parents. More than one million American children now live with grandparents, primarily because of their parent's addiction to opioids and other drugs: heroin, crack, meth and alcohol. Grandparents are putting off retirement and plowing through savings to rescue their grandchildren from dangerous situations.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/opioid-epidemic-leaving-grandparents-to-raise-grandchildren/

CBS Sixty Minutes Report

Monday, 14 May 2018 10:46

May was first declared as National Foster Care Month in 1988. Since then, May has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of foster caregivers and the needs of children in foster care. In 2015, there were an estimated 427,910 children in foster care. A child can be removed from the home and placed in foster care for a variety of reasons including abuse or neglect, parent-child conflict, and the presence of serious physical or behavioral problems in the child that cannot be addressed in the home.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has compiled a list of helpful resources for birth parents, resource parents, (i.e. foster care, kinship care providers, and adoptive parents), youth, and child welfare and mental health professionals that address the needs of children and adolescents in foster care including mental health treatment, permanency planning, and the transition to independence for older foster care youth.

A list of external resources related to foster care is available here.

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: https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/finance-reform/cliffsnotes-family-first-anatomy-massive-child-welfare-entitlement-reform

Also: CliffsNotes on Family First Act, Part Two: Limiting Support for Congregate Foster Care: https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/finance-reform/cliffsnotes-family-first-act-part-one-services-prevent-foster-care/29896

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/finance-reform/cliffsnotes-family-first-act-part-three-adoption-foster-home-recruitment-reunification/29897

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 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 (http://fostercareandeducation.org/AreasofFocus/BlueprintforChange.aspx) and the Legal Center for Youth Justice and Education (LCYJE) Blueprint for Change: Education Success for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System (https://www.jjeducationblueprint.org/). 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.

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