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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 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. 

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. http://www.childstats.gov/pdf/ac2015/ac_15.pdf

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