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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..  Attorney Reporting Form for Submitting Hours.

 CULTURAL CONSCIOUSNESS January 18th in Monroe

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. Patsy Wilkerson will be the instructor. 6 hours of CLE and SW CEU pending. Lunch provided. Pre-registration is Required. Lunch included - $25 for full day!! Click for more information or to register.  This session is filled. A waitlist has been established. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to the waitlist. It will be offered later in the year in Lake Charles, Laplace and Natchitoches.

 SAFETY DECISION MAKING LIVE - January 29th in Alexandria

This course is based upon the American Bar Association publication, “Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys” (Guide). 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 rule 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. Pre-registration required. 6 hours CLE/CEU pending.  Lunch included - $25 for full day!! Click for more information or to register.

 CHILD WELFARE BASICS - February 6th in Lafayette

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) - Applications Pending. Lunch included - $25 for full day!! Pre-registration is required. Click for more information or to register. 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 17:28

The annual Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available for the 2018 Together We Can conference. The conference will be October 15-17, 2018 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Please go to:  Review of speaker proposals will begin in early February. Please turn in your proposal early. Questions? Contact Susan Shaffette (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Sharon Delvisco (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at Team Dynamics. 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 16:53

In early 2017, the American Bar Association officially passed a policy adopting the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education (LCFCE) Blueprint for Change: Education Success for Children in Foster Care ( and the Legal Center for Youth Justice and Education (LCYJE) Blueprint for Change: Education Success for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System ( Both Blueprints were produced under the leadership of the ABA Center on Children and the Law through partnerships with the Education Law Center, Juvenile Law Center, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The ABA's endorsement of the two Blueprints means the nation's largest legal association stands behind the approaches contained in each Blueprint and supports their widespread adoption. The ABA calls on judges, lawyers, and other legal practitioners to advocate for improved policies and practices that support education success for court-involved youth. The ABA also calls on federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local legislatures, government agencies, and courts to adopt laws, regulations, policies, and court rules to implement the Blueprints. There are two documents. The first (PDF) is the ABA policy language. The second provides more information about the implications this ABA policy can have in the field broadly and for your individual jurisdictions.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:13

Each year, the U.S. Department of Justice, through OJJDP, recognizes individuals, organizations, and law enforcement agencies that have made a difference in recovering abducted children and protecting children from exploitation. The Department recognizes the awardees each May at the annual National Missing Children's Day ceremony in Washington, DC. Access the nomination forms for the 2018 National Missing Children's Day awards online:

The deadline for nominations is January 24, 2018.

Thursday, 02 November 2017 14:05

The Children’s Legal Rights Journal is a national journal sponsored by Loyola University Chicago School of Law in cooperation with the National Association of Counsel for Children. We publish articles on a variety of children’s legal issues and we are the only journal in the country addressing legal needs of children. We are pleased to announce a special edition of the CJRJ to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the NACC. This special edition will be released in the summer of 2018 with a symposium to follow in the fall. We invite you to submit articles that address the prominent issues impacting children’s justice over the last 40 years.  We invite you to submit articles that address children and the law. We will be reviewing and accepting articles on a rolling basis until February 16, 2018. Learn more here.

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:32

The Strengthening Families Speakers Registry is a listing of people around the country who have knowledge and expertise on specific topics related to Strengthening Families and protective factors, and are willing to speak to groups or conferences or provide training. We are in the process of updating our Speakers Registry by gathering basic information, along with additional points, such as a speaker's willingness to travel for speaking engagements and ability to present in a language other than English. Please add yourself to the new Strengthening Families Speakers Registry by providing your contact information and areas of expertise so that others can find you. Sponsored by The Center for the Study of Social Policy.

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.


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.

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.

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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