New Resources and Important Information

2015 FORM FOR REPRESENTING CHILDREN IN LOUISIANA

Attorneys in Louisiana who wish to represent children in court must complete an annual form and submit it to the Louisiana Supreme Court. The form confirms that the attorney has taken the required CLE hours. The guidelines can be reviewed here. The form for reporting CLE is here. CLE hours completed in 2015 will remain valid until December 2016.

JUVENILE LAW UPDATE - LEGISLATION AND CHILDREN'S CODE AMENDMENTS
 
The linked documents summarize the changes in legislation impacting children and families from the 2016 Louisiana Legislative session. Laws amending the Children's Code.  Legislation Impacting Children & Courts with Juvenile Jurisdiction
 

ENHANCED RESOURCE GUIDELINES RELEASED 

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has announced the release of the Enhanced version of the Resource Guidelines to improve court practice in child abuse and neglect cases. The Enhanced Resource Guidelines covers all stages of the court process, from the preliminary protective hearing until juvenile and family court involvement has ended, which leads to the child safely being returned home or placed in a new, secure and legally permanent home. Click to access the report.

SAVE THE DATE - TOGETHER WE CAN CONFERENCE 2016

The 14th Annual Together We Can Conference is scheduled for October 24-26, 2016 in Lafayette, Louisiana. This multi-disciplinary event includes over 50 workshops in three days with national, state and regional speakers on topics of interest to child welfare professionals. The conference team is busy planning and will release the speaker list and registration information by mid-summer. 

CLARO NEWSLETTER 

The CLARO E-News recaps the most recent posted articles from the previous month. The edition sent out on July 5, 2016 with June updates can be accessed by clicking here.

CHILD WELFARE BASICS WORKSHOP - JULY 29 - LAFAYETTE

Join us for a one-day workshop focused on the fundamentals of a Child in Need of Care (CINC) case. Designed for a multi-disciplinary audience, National Association for Counsel for Children, Child Welfare Law Specialist Elizabeth "Betsy" Fordyce will cover the constitutional, federal, and state law underlying dependency cases. Participants 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, and the impact of trauma on child behavior. Participants will examine the roles and responsibilities of the various parties to a CINC case. This session will include a focus on ethics – namely, the guiding principles for different stakeholders. The training will utilize adult learning theory in its design, incorporating lecture, small group discussion, and interactive practice. CWLS applicants will enjoy this refresher course to the Red Book Training in preparation for the CWLS examRegistration is $25 and will cover lunch, refreshments and training materials. 6.5 CLE and CEU hours will be applied for.  CLE hours will include ethics. Register now at—www.louisianachildren.org  For more information, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sponsored by Pelican Center for Children & Families, Louisiana Supreme Court - Court Improvement Program and LouisianaChildren.org. 

 

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 19:25

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) is excited to announce its remaining 2016 Certificate Programs, Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice and Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration. Each will be held on Georgetown’s campus this fall. These are two of CJJR’s longest running programs, and each has yielded extremely positive response from the field and numerous successful reform efforts.

The Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Certificate Program, currently in its 4th year, is conducted in partnership with the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) and will be held from October 24-28.  The program seeks to help jurisdictions reduce overrepresentation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system using a data driven and research based approach, and an examination of the key decision points in the juvenile justice system and the influence of disparate treatment in other child serving systems, including child welfare and education.

The Multi-System Integration Certificate Program will be held from November 10-16. This week-long training provides participants with the tools and knowledge to improve outcomes for “crossover youth,” or youth who are known to both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The program highlights CJJR’s Crossover Youth Practice Model and also includes a strategic focus on issues such as family engagement, behavioral health, education, and racial and ethnic disparities.

Each program culminates in a Capstone Project that applies and develops learning from the Certificate Program and allows participants to design and implement a reform effort to improve outcomes for at-risk youth in their jurisdictions. On approval of a Capstone Project, participants become part of the CJJR Fellows Network, which consists of over 700 Certificate Program alumni.

Applications will be accepted through July 22, 2016 for the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Certificate Program and through August 5, 2016 for the Multi-System Integration Certificate Program. Please visit CJJR’s website for more information, or to apply to either program. Still have questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%3cmailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 00:00

Spotlight on National Foster Care Month

This edition highlights the 2016 National Foster Care Month initiative, one youth's foster care story, a brief on promoting normalcy for youth in care, a study examining public resources and policies addressing homelessness among youth aging out of care, and more.

Link to edition.

 

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 00:00

The National Foster Care and Adoption Directory (NFCAD) is now available as a mobile application for smartphones and tablets.  The app provides the same search information, including location and key contacts, for organizations, groups, agencies, and experts across the child welfare field. Users can easily find, filter, and save information on direct service providers, support groups, and related foster care and adoption organizations. 

The NFCAD mobile app is free and available for IOS devices at the App Store and for Android at GooglePlay.

Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, in partnership with OJJDP, has launched the National Resource Center on School-Justice Partnerships. This website serves as a “one-stop-shop” of resources, training, and technical assistance to help school-justice partnerships implement positive school discipline reforms and reduce the school-to-juvenile justice pathway. The resource center will provide information on evidence-based practices, alternatives to arrest and formal court processing, and applications of current research. Read here for guidance and resources to improve school discipline practices and school climate.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 00:00

The KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the report ranks states on overall child well-being and in economic well-being, education, health and family and community.

The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book focuses on America’s children in the midst of the country's economic recovery. While data show improvements in child health and education, more families are struggling to make ends meet, and a growing number of kids live in high-poverty neighborhoods. In addition to ranking states in several areas of child well-being, the report also examines the influence of parents’ education, health and other life circumstances on their children.

July 21, 2015

Monday, 20 July 2015 00:00

America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2015 is a compendium of indicators depicting the condition of our Nation’s young people. The report, the 17th in an ongoing series, presents 41 key indicators on important aspects of children’s lives. These indicators are drawn from our most reliable Federal statistics, are easily understood by broad audiences, are objectively based on substantial research, are balanced so that no single area of children’s lives dominates the report, are measured often to show trends over time, and are representative of large segments of the population rather than one particular group. http://www.childstats.gov/pdf/ac2015/ac_15.pdf

Monday, 04 May 2015 19:00

NACAC, through the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC), has published state adoption factsheets based primarily on 2012 AFCARS data. Each of the factsheets includes information about the number of waiting children, the number of adopted children, lengths of stay, race and ethnic background of waiting and adopted children, and more. 
http://www.nacac.org/policy/statefactsheets.html

Monday, 04 May 2015 19:00

This online resource of evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs, has added three new literature reviews. MPG literature reviews provide practitioners and policymakers with relevant research and evaluations on more than 40 juvenile justice topics and programs. These three literature reviews address:

In addition to literature reviews, MPG offers program profiles, information on program implementation, and resource links.

Monday, 04 May 2015 19:00

Youth aging out of foster care may face many various challenges enrolling in college, including accessing accurate information about scholarships, financial aid, and other grants.  The Department of Education has created a website to assist young people when they are thinking about attending college.  It includes information and resources on preparing for college, types of financial aid available, eligibility for aid, applying for aid, and managing loans.
http://studentaid.ed.gov/

This one-page resource provides information about the Education and Training Voucher Program for youth currently and formerly in foster care:
http://studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/foster-youth-vouchers.pdf

Monday, 04 May 2015 19:00

The video Giving Parents Voice can be found on the MS Supreme Court's website and includes experts from across the country. It is a very good video that expands on the purpose of the parent attorney's role in child abuse and neglect cases. Link to video on MS Supreme Court site. Link to YouTube version.

Monday, 04 May 2015 19:00

The FRIENDS National Resource Center on Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention is pleased to announce the release of a new online learning course entitled CBCAP 101: An Introduction to the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Program and FRIENDS National Resource Center. The course consists of three modules:

  • Module 1) CBCAP: An Overview of the CBCAP Program which provides an introduction and overview of the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Program. It is applicable to CBCAP State Lead agency staff, board members, parent leaders and other key stakeholders. If you are interested in learning more about CBCAP this module is for you.
  • Module 2) New CBCAP State Lead Training is specifically designed for new CBCAP State Lead agency staff. It provides you with information and resources on the CBCAP program, the roles and responsibilities of the CBCAP State Lead Agency, guidance on completing the CBCAP application and annual report as well as contact information for the CBCAP Federal Project Officer.
  • Module 3) FRIENDS National Resource Center on CBCAP focuses on the work of the FRIENDS National Resource Center which supports CBCAP State Lead Agencies in carrying out their responsibilities under Title II of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) by providing capacity-building training and technical assistance.

You can access the FRIENDS Online Learning Center at

http://friendsnrcelearning.org.

Monday, 04 May 2015 19:00

The NRCPFC has added four new evidenced-based practice (EBP) overviews to our recently launched Evidence-Based Practice Micro-site.  The following outlines developed by NRCPFC provide a brief overview of some specific EBPs (some school-based) focusing on preventative interventions for children and youth around substance use and other behavioral concerns: Guiding Good Choices; Keepin' it Real; LifeSkills Training; and, Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies.

Monday, 04 May 2015 19:00

The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI) recently announced this new resource, which offers an overall framework for developing, implementing, and/or strengthening a child welfare practice model; cites specific examples from the field; and provides additional information to help child welfare agencies and their partners make informed choices in selecting their approaches to this important work. It provides guidance on developing a practice model, and details steps to take through each stage of implementation, including a discussion of fourteen specific implementation drivers. The Guide includes worksheets to help agencies articulate practice model principles, identify frontline practice skills, and assess readiness, and lists resources for ongoing support. Download guide.

Monday, 04 May 2015 19:00

The Safe Start Center, ABA Center on Children and the Law, and the Child and Family Policy Associates recently released a new resource, Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth: Implications for Legal Advocates.  In this resource, you'll find:

  • Information about the prevalence and impact of victimization and exposure to violence
  • Practice tips for juvenile defenders, children's attorneys and GALs, judges, and CASAs
  • Explanations of traumatic stress symptoms and trauma-related assessments and treatments 
  • Descriptions of promising local and state initiatives to address trauma
  • Guidance on policy reforms and other considerations for trauma-informed advocacy

Please share this link with colleagues and look for our next resource on this topic, coming this fall, Identifying Polyvictimization and Trauma among Court-Involved Children and Youth: A Checklist and Resource Guide for Attorneys and Other Court Appointed Advocates.

Monday, 04 May 2015 19:00

The Safe Start Center, ABA Center on Children and the Law, and the Child and Family Policy Associates recently released a new resource, Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth: Implications for Legal Advocates.  In this resource, you'll find:

  • Information about the prevalence and impact of victimization and exposure to violence
  • Practice tips for juvenile defenders, children's attorneys and GALs, judges, and CASAs
  • Explanations of traumatic stress symptoms and trauma-related assessments and treatments
  • Descriptions of promising local and state initiatives to address trauma
  • Guidance on policy reforms and other considerations for trauma-informed advocacy
Monday, 04 May 2015 00:00

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council have released a guide to the report Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States. This OJJDP-funded guide is designed for law enforcement professionals, attorneys, and judges who interact with victims, survivors, and perpetrators of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors. The guide includes key terms, risk factors and consequences, current practices, and recommendations.

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