New Resources and Important Information


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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 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.

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

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