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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 Karen Hallstrom, Deputy Judicial Administrator for Children and Families, Louisiana Supreme Court:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Attorney Reporting Form for Submitting Hours.

CHILD WELFARE BASICS - Alexandria - September 15th

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, Pelican Center for Children and Families, Thailund Porter-Green, J.D. and Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, D’Juannia Judge, 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. Registration is $25 and will cover lunch, refreshments and training materials. 6.5 CLE and CEU hours have been approved. CLE hours include 1.1 hours of ethics. Register now.

SAFETY DECISION MAKING - LAWS & BEST PRACTICES  Lunch & Learn Webinar - October 16th

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 safety decisions are made when removing a child and determining whether a child should return home. However, without a comprehensive decision-making structure and thorough inquiry, decisions can lead to over and under removal, leaving children unsafe or returning them home too quickly. This webinar will explore basic definitions and concepts relative to safety decision-making: “Safe” v. “Unsafe”; Six Areas of Assessment; Safety Plans; and Safety and Risk Assessment. The speakers will be S. Mark Harris, J.D. with the Pelican Center for Children and Families and Kim McCain, LCSW with the Louisiana DCFS. The webinar is presented live online and is free to participants. You must pre-register to receive the log-in information. This session has been approved for 1 hour of CEU and 1 hour of CLE. Click to sign up. 


The annual TWC conference will be held in Lafayette, Louisiana at the Cajundome this year. There will be 5 plenary presentations and over 50 workshop breakout sessions on key topics for child welfare professionals in a variety of disciplines. For more information, go to:  Nominations are currently being accepted for the annual awards that are presented at the Awards Night at Vermilionville.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 13:19

 'Kids on the Hill' Brings Child Welfare News Coverage to Capitol Hill (Press release)

Fostering Media Connections - September 12, 2017

Fostering Media Connections (FMC) is publishing a special legislative issue about child welfare and taking it directly to every congressional office on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Entitled "Kids on the Hill," the magazine's stories deal with issues such as opioids and their contribution to rising foster care numbers, immigration policy involving minors and how education services can play a role in outcomes for foster youth.

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.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 10:30

More than 7,800 children in Louisiana were under the state's foster care system during the most recent fiscal year. The state has launched a new website that is intended to make sure those children receive the quality care they need and deserve.


Friday, 18 August 2017 14:45

Summer weather patterns are unpredictable and sometimes serve up severe thunderstorms, tornados, or hurricanes. Being prepared for these and other potential disasters is essential to staying safe and maintaining some semblance of normalcy in the face of danger and unrest.

Federal law requires child welfare agencies to develop disaster plans to serve the children, youth, and families in their care during natural disasters or emergency situations. You will find several resources on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website to help child welfare agencies plan and prepare for unexpected emergencies. Our 2016 factsheet, Disaster Planning for Child Welfare Agenciesoutlines the key elements of disaster planning for child welfare agencies and provides several examples of state and local preparedness plans. The factsheet also features a list of additional resources with comprehensive guidance on disaster planning.

For families, Information Gateway's 2017 National Child Abuse Prevention Month website offers a helpful tip sheet, Preparing Your Family for an Emergency. This tip sheet provides families with concrete actions they can take to prepare for a potential emergency, including the importance of preparing an emergency supplies kit and pointers on drafting evacuation, shelter-in-place, and family communication plans.

For more information, visit our website, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call us toll-free at 1.800.394.3366

Thursday, 17 August 2017 14:03

Reinforcing the critical role fathers play in the lives of their children is the focus of a new series of public service announcements (PSAs) released today by HHS’ Administration for Children and Families.

The campaign, funded by the federal government and distributed through the Ad Council, coincides with national Tell a Joke Day on August 16. The PSAs utilize the theme of sharing “dad jokes” as a means for fathers and their children to share intimate and meaningful time together thereby strengthening the bonds between them and creating consequential memories for a lifetime. The ads also direct fathers to where they will find helpful tips, tools, information and jokes to help them get more involved with and connected to their kids. 

READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE - in the attached file. 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 09:05

Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson is pleased to announce that the 40th annual conference of the National Association of Counsel for Children will be held in New Orleans August 10-12, 2017. Hundreds of practitioners from across the country will learn from experts in child welfare, juvenile justice and family law during this event, which follows a full day of optional specialized child welfare law training. The Chief Justice will be among those recognized at the conference for her participation on the Louisiana Child Protection Representation Commission.

The Commission was established in 2014, upon the recommendation of the legislatively-created Task Force on Legal Representation in Child Protection Cases, to oversee the uniform statewide system of representation created as a result of 11 years of Task Force efforts. In addition to the Chief Justice, Commission members include Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Walters, Louisiana State Bar Association President Dona Renegar, Judge Anastasia Wiley (President of the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges), Senator Rick Ward (Chair, Senate Committee Judiciary A) , Representative Ray Garofalo (Chair, House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure), Rep. Barbara Carpenter (Legislative Women’s Caucus), Becky Hollen (Louisiana District Attorney Association), and Richard Pittman (Louisiana Public Defender Board).  Click the attached file for the PDF of this information.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 11:29

Announcing the electronic version of the FRIENDS Summer 2017 Parent and Practitioner Newsletter.  This newsletter is created by members of the FRIENDS Parent Advisory Council (PAC).  The FRIENDS PAC is excited to announce that starting with this edition, the Parent and Practitioner Newsletter will be simultaneously available in English and Spanish!  As always, feel free to disseminate the electronic version widely among your networks of parents and practitioners.  Don’t forget to check out our website for the web link to this newsletter and previous editions as well as other great information and resources.


MaryJo Alimena Caruso, M.Ed., Training / Technical Assistance Coordinator - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Friday, 14 July 2017 11:11

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) and the Center for Children’s Law and Policy are accepting applications for the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program to be held November 14-17, 2017, in Washington, DC. This training will focus on strategies for local jurisdictions to reduce overrepresentation and address racial and ethnic disparities in their juvenile justice systems. Apply by August 4, 2017.  Learn more about the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Certificate Program.  Learn about all of CJJR's Certificate Programs.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:59

Spotlight on Engaging Fathers

This month's CBX spotlight features articles about how having an involved father can lead to better outcomes for children, how responsible fatherhood programs can benefit from fathers’ accounts of the challenges of co-parenting, how community-based organizations can address challenges to fathers and their children and provide solutions in their fatherhood programs, and a three-part web series that explores partnerships between child welfare agencies and community fatherhood organizations that work toward engaging fathers and paternal-side family members.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:41

24/7 Wall Street Journal - April 25, 2017.  Most Americans agree that it is important to provide children with ample opportunities for success, regardless of where they live. To this end, state and local government budgets include provisions for children's basic education, health care, social services, and other support programs.Also: Report: Unequal Playing Field? State Differences in Spending on Children in 2013:  Full Article:

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.

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.

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