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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.

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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