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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.

SAFETY DECISION MAKING - LAWS & BEST PRACTICES Full Day Workshop - July 6th in Baton Rouge

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. This can lead to an over-removal problem, rubber-stamping agency recommendations without knowing what’s driving the safety decision; or an under-removal problem, leaving children in unsafe conditions, or returning them home prematurely. The speakers will be S. Mark Harris, J.D. with PC and Kim McCain, LCSW with the Department of Children and Families. It is approved for 6 hours CLE and CEU. $25. Click for more info and to register. 


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. A curriculum adapted from the New Jersey Child Welfare Training Partnership Cultural Competence Curriculum, presented by Patsy Wilkerson, M.A. $25. Approved for 6 hours CLE and CEU. Click for more info and to register.


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. 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:39

Register Now!

What you already know: Workers don’t always see the “full view” of what is happening in the lives of parents involved in child welfare.

What you can learn at the Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2017: 

  • Successful strategies and techniques for parent engagement
  • How parent engagement can improve a comprehensive assessment of parents

Register today for the Virtual Expo on July 13, including a skills seminar for frontline workers at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time, “The Full View: Comprehensive Assessment of Parents.”

Seminar features:

  • Dynamic presentations offering the perspectives and insights of a parent and a child welfare manager
  • Dedicated time to exchange ideas on strategies to combat bias, build trust and hope, and encourage positive interactions with parents

Pass the word to supervisors and frontline workers in your agency and register as individuals or as a group. Visit the Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2017 website for more information on the Virtual Expo and the full schedule. This event is sponsored by the Capacity Building Center for the States and the Children's Bureau.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:59


This month's CBX spotlight features articles on how families struggling with parental substance use can increase their odds of reunification with the help of recovery coaches, a webinar that looks at how to develop and implement parent partner programs that support reunification, and an article that reports on a study about whether foster home licensing has an impact on the odds of reunification.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 11:30

May is National Foster Care Month (NFCM). This year's theme, "Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families," focuses on identifying, developing, and supporting prospective and current foster and kinship families. We can all play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. Visit NFCM to find resources and information to help ensure that their future is bright.

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:

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 22:07

The Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy at Southeastern Louisiana University is seeking per diem trainer consultants to educate public child welfare staff in substance abuse. Trainers facilitate classroom-based education following established curricula that have been created to meet the professional development needs of child welfare staff. For more information, open the linked file.

Monday, 03 April 2017 11:15

National Child Abuse Prevention Month was first observed in 1983 by proclamation by President Ronald Reagan. Since then, the office on Child Abuse and Neglect has continued to annually coordinate activities, host multidisciplinary forums focused on prevention, awareness, and education. Following in Regan's footsteps, and several other presidents before him, President Donald Trump also proclaimed April National Child Abuse Prevention Month on March 31, 2017.

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.

Thursday, 26 January 2017 19:28

The Pelican Center for Children and Families in collaboration with the ABA Center for Children and the Law is working on several Law and Best Practices Bulletins. 

Thursday, 05 January 2017 11:18

This month's CBX offers information, tools, and strategies for professionals working with youth in foster care. Youth in and transitioning out of foster care face many challenges and need a wide range of support—in terms of resources and tools, as well as in relationships. January's CBX highlights supportive services for youth as well as resources for professionals and other caring adults to help youth in foster care and after. To access the January issue, click here.

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Friday, 02 December 2016 14:54

This month's CBX offers information, tools, and strategies for professionals to help prevent pregnancy among youth involved with child welfare and to better work with youth who are pregnant and/or parenting. Subscribe to CBX at Subscribe to CBX at

Friday, 02 December 2016 14:40

The "It Matters" series highlights information from the Child Trends DataBank, a source for the most up-to-date research on more than 125 indicators of child well-being. Look for many more infographics over the coming months. We encourage you to share these graphics as widely as possible on social media and using the hashtag #ItMatters4Kids. The Annie E. Casey Foundation supported the development of the information series. Link to resources.


Thursday, 22 September 2016 10:21

In October, Rise will start a new writing workshop for young parents who grew up in foster care. Please share the application widely. Since 2012, our 'My Story, My Life' project has amplified the voices of young parents who grew up in foster care through writing, public speaking and collaborations with researchers and policymakers.  

Sponsored by RISE

Friday, 19 August 2016 10:48

This factsheet presents summarized information from Child Maltreatment 2014, a report based on data submissions by State child protective services agencies for Federal fiscal year 2014. Statistics in the Child Maltreatment reports are based on data submitted to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), a voluntary reporting system that was developed by the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to collect and analyze annual statistics on child maltreatment.

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.

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.

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.

This one-page resource provides information about the Education and Training Voucher Program for youth currently and formerly in foster care:

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

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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