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CONGRATULATIONS! CHILD WELFARE LAW SPECIALISTS IN LOUISIANA

We are pleased to announce the list of attorneys who have successfully passed the exam to become a certified Child Welfare Law Specialist through the NACC. We will update this list as others earn this credential. We congratulation those on the list. Your dedication to children is outstanding! Click to view the list of Certified Child Welfare Law Specialists from Louisiana. For additional information about the NACC CWLS program, click here or contact Thailund Porter-Green, Training Director, Pelican Center for Children and Families (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

QUALIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS FOR ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING CHILDREN IN NEED OF CARE

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 Kären Hallstrom, 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.

CHILD WELFARE BASICS - July 18th in Baton Rouge

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.  Child Welfare Law Specialist applicants will enjoy this refresher course prior to sitting for the examination. Click to Register. Sponsored by the Pelican Center for Children and Families. 6.5 hours CLE (including 1.3 hr of ethics) and SW CEU approved. Click for more information. This course will be offered in Shreveport later this year.  $25 fee, includes lunch.

CULTURAL CONSCIOUSNESS - July 25th in Kenner

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. Click to Register. Sponsored by the Pelican Center for Children and Families. 6 hours CLE and SW CEU approved. Click for more information. This course will be offered in Natchitoches later this year.  $25 fee, includes lunch.

SAFETY DECISION MAKING WEBINAR - August 15th - FREE Lunch & Learn

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.  Click to Register. Sponsored by the Pelican Center for Children and Families. 1 hour CLE and SW CEU approved. Click for more information. This free online course will be offered again on December 11th. Please pre-register so that we can send you materials in advance of the webinar.  

MOSAIC DIMENSION 2.0 - August 30th in Ruston

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. Click to Register. Sponsored by the Pelican Center for Children and Families. 6 hours CLE and SW CEU approved. Click for more information. This  course will be offered again on November 2nd in New Orleans. $25 fee and includes lunch. 

SAVE THE DATE! Together We Can Conference is October 15-17, 2018 in Lafayette, Louisiana.  www.latwc.org

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 12:06

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed into law the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senate Aging Committee Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME). S. 1091, will create a one-stop-shop of support resources. https://riponadvance.com/stories/president-signs-bipartisan-bill-collins-support-grandparents-raising-grandkids/

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:52

Casey Family Programs is accepting nominations for our annual Casey Excellence for Children Awards that recognize outstanding families and foster care alumni who have dedicated themselves to improving outcomes for children and families in the foster care system. Please nominate a hero — a foster care alumnus, birth parent, foster or adoptive parent, or kinship caregiver — who is committed to building hope for children, families and their communities. Submit nominations by 5 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, by clicking here

Previous nominees may be re-nominated, but previous winners are not eligible. We will review nominations in August and notify the nominating parties and winners in late fall. For more guidance or inspiration, learn about our 2018 winners. Award recipients will be invited to Seattle to be recognized at a special awards reception and Casey Family Programs' 2019 Annual All-Staff Meeting. The award winner and a guest will receive paid travel and lodging for the awards event (including per diem). Winners will receive a $500 honorarium, a customized award, a copy of a video about their work and a framed photo from the event. They will also be featured in a press release. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Monday, 21 May 2018 12:00

There is a newly updated APP available for Apple and Android devices that was developed by the Louisiana Children's Justice Act Taskforce. This APP has national, state and parish level resources for those who work in the field of child welfare. It also has the state's Safe Haven locations listed by parish. Please share the APP flyer so that more people begin using the APP. 

Friday, 18 May 2018 11:41

The Children’s Bureau’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (CB/OCAN) within the Administration on Children, Youth and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to announce the 21st National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN), which will be held April 24-26, 2019, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington, D.C. The 21st NCCAN offers a unique opportunity to come together for leadership and actionoriented dialogue around creating a continuum of supports to ensure that we are a nation of Strong and Thriving Families—the theme of this year’s conference. The Children’s Bureau is committed to advancing national efforts that strengthen the capacity of families to nurture and provide for the well-being of their children. At the 21st NCCAN, child welfare staff, child maltreatment prevention partners, the legal and judicial community, parents, foster care alumni, child and family serving professionals, and community members will explore strategies for making this vision of strong and thriving families a reality. Link to submit.

Monday, 14 May 2018 11:28

The growing opioid crisis has been declared a public health emergency. It's sparked a parallel crisis you rarely hear about: the impact on children neglected by addicted parents. More than one million American children now live with grandparents, primarily because of their parent's addiction to opioids and other drugs: heroin, crack, meth and alcohol. Grandparents are putting off retirement and plowing through savings to rescue their grandchildren from dangerous situations.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/opioid-epidemic-leaving-grandparents-to-raise-grandchildren/

CBS Sixty Minutes Report

Monday, 14 May 2018 10:46

May was first declared as National Foster Care Month in 1988. Since then, May has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of foster caregivers and the needs of children in foster care. In 2015, there were an estimated 427,910 children in foster care. A child can be removed from the home and placed in foster care for a variety of reasons including abuse or neglect, parent-child conflict, and the presence of serious physical or behavioral problems in the child that cannot be addressed in the home.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has compiled a list of helpful resources for birth parents, resource parents, (i.e. foster care, kinship care providers, and adoptive parents), youth, and child welfare and mental health professionals that address the needs of children and adolescents in foster care including mental health treatment, permanency planning, and the transition to independence for older foster care youth.

A list of external resources related to foster care is available here.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 13:51

CliffsNotes on Family First Act, Part Three: Adoption, Foster Home Recruitment, Reunification and More (Commentary)

Chronicle of Social Change - February 15, 2018

The foster care prevention services and the limits on congregate care are the central reasons for this legislation. But there are several significant provisions that are included in the bill that became law.

Also: CliffsNotes on Family First Act, Part One: Services to Prevent Foster Care: https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/finance-reform/cliffsnotes-family-first-anatomy-massive-child-welfare-entitlement-reform

Also: CliffsNotes on Family First Act, Part Two: Limiting Support for Congregate Foster Care: https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/finance-reform/cliffsnotes-family-first-act-part-one-services-prevent-foster-care/29896

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/finance-reform/cliffsnotes-family-first-act-part-three-adoption-foster-home-recruitment-reunification/29897

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 11:48

State supreme courts are increasingly being asked to provide guidance about requests for findings related to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).[1] An immigrant youth can only seek SIJS, a form of humanitarian immigration relief, from the federal government after securing a state court order that includes specific findings. As the number of immigrant children and youth seeking SIJS has increased, more state trial and appellate courts are asked to consider petitions for findings in specific cases and, more broadly, the role of a state court in the SIJS process.

Several appellate decisions focus on whether the trial court can enter any SIJS findings. Others address more discrete areas, such as what a trial court with jurisdiction over youth under 18 should do when the young person reaches the age of majority in the state. In a recent case, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (the court of last resort in Washington, D.C.) addressed the finding of reunification of an immigrant youth with a parent not being viable due to abandonment. Read the rest of the article, click here.  Source: ABA Child Law Practice Today.  January 24, 2018 by Cristina Cooper

 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:36

The 2018 Pelican Center for Children and Families catalog of training courses has been updated. The courses listed cover the full year and include both live and webinar training opportunities. Live courses are $25 per event and include lunch and materials. The webinars are free! Please sign up in advance. Walk-ins are not accepted as we have to order food in advance. Click below to access the attached pdf file. 

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 (http://fostercareandeducation.org/AreasofFocus/BlueprintforChange.aspx) and the Legal Center for Youth Justice and Education (LCYJE) Blueprint for Change: Education Success for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System (https://www.jjeducationblueprint.org/). 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, 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.

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