Louisiana Supreme Court - Chief Justice John Weimer

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  • QRTP Cover Page NEW Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTPs) Louisiana Judicial Toolkit - The Court Improvement Program of the Louisiana Supreme Court and Pelican Center for Children and Families is pleased to introduce the Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTPs) Louisiana Judicial Toolkit. QRTPs are a key component of the Family First Prevention Services … Read More
  • Child Welfare Law Specialist Certification - Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS) certification is a professional achievement that signifies an attorney’s specialized knowledge, skill, and verified expertise in the field of child welfare law. The specialization area is defined as “the practice of law representing children, parents … Read More
  • LA Benchbook Louisiana CINC Benchbook - The Court Improvement Program of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Louisiana Judicial College, and Pelican Center for Children and Families is delighted to announce the publication of the Louisiana Child in Need of Care Benchbook for Juvenile Judges. The Benchbook project is a … Read More

Upcoming Events

TBRI Intro and Overview
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
TBRI® Intro & Overview

Parenting is challenging, particularly when you are parenting a child from a hard place.  Children from hard places include children who experienced distress in the womb or during delivery, were hospitalized early in life, were abused or neglected, or experience trauma, whether natural or man-made. TBRI® Introduction & Overview will focus on understanding the meaning of child behaviors, the brain chemistry of a child from a hard place, and how to help children and families heal and connect.

Module 1: Monday September 20, 8:00 pm-9:30pm

Module 2: Wednesday, September 22, 8:00pm-9:30pm

Module 3: Monday, September 27, 8:00pm-9:30pm

Module 4: Wednesday, September 29, 8:00pm-9:30pm

Training provided by Crossroads NOLA CLICK HERE


2021 National Adoption Conference
Sep 21 @ 7:30 am – Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm

For over 30 years, the Conference has been the premier gathering for adoption professionals to get expert training and continuing education. This year will be no different. Choose from sessions in the Clinical Practice or Leadership and Management Track, featuring a lineup of inspiring, experienced speakers and topics of critical importance for the field of adoption. The conference is sponsored by National Council For Adoption.



TBRI Empowering Principles
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

TBRI® Empowering Principles will provide an in-depth look at ways to empower your children by meeting their unique physical needs and creating an environment in which they can succeed. This session includes information on sensory processing and practical tools and skills to help children regulate their emotions and behaviors.

*must attend TBRI® Introduction & Overview online or in person prior to attending this training

Module 1: Tuesday September 21, 10:00 am-11:30am
Module 2: Thursday, September 23, 10:00 am-11:30am
Module 3: Tuesday, September 28, 10:00 am-11:30am
Module 4: Thursday, September 30, 10:00 am-11:30am

Training provided by Crossroads NOLA



Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2021 Advancing Racial Equity in Child Welfare
Sep 23 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2021:Advancing Racial Equity in Child Welfare

Thursday, September 23, 2021

10:00AM – 5:00PM EDT
9:00AM – 4:00PM CDT
8:00AM – 3:00PM MDT
7:00AM – 2:00PM PDT

What Is the Child Welfare Virtual Expo?
The Child Welfare Virtual Expo (CWVE) is an annual one-day event sponsored by the Children’s Bureau and the Capacity Building Center for States.

On Thursday, September 23, the CWVE will bring together child welfare professionals from federal, state, and local organizations across the country to engage in online activities, discussions, and skill building activities that provide information, explore strategies, and offer innovative ideas and action steps to support strengthening racial equity at child welfare agencies.

What Is the Theme of the 2021 CWVE?
This year’s CWVE will focus on advancing racial equity in child welfare. This important topic will address the racism and bias that continue to create disproportional representation in the child welfare system and disparities in outcomes for Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, and other children, youth, and families of color. These inequities lead to the unnecessary separation of families, cause trauma, and continue to prevent child welfare systems from effectively supporting the safety and well-being of all the children, youth, and families they serve.

Sessions at the 2021 CWVE are designed to enhance your knowledge, increase your understanding, and provide practical applications to help agencies advance racial equity in child welfare. Choose from a variety of engaging sessions that will discuss:

Current and historical inequities in child welfare
Strategies for reducing implicit bias and eliminating its impact on decision-making in child welfare
Approaches to using data and evaluation to identify and address inequity and disparities in child welfare
Actionable steps for engaging youth, families, and communities of color to work together to develop equitable policies
Practical examples to help authentically engage youth, families, and organizational partners and integrate lived expertise to reduce inequality and disparities
Who Can Attend the CWVE?
You’re invited! The CWVE will bring together a wide variety of state and local stakeholders, including:

Child welfare administrators, directors, and deputies
Child welfare program and midlevel managers
Child welfare frontline supervisors
Child welfare screening and intake managers
Child welfare continuous quality improvement (CQI) and evaluation staff
Child welfare agency human resources staff
Child welfare training leaders
Tribal child welfare professionals
Parent and youth leaders working to improve the child welfare system
Judicial and legal child welfare professionals
Private child and family services provider leaders
Partner service agency leaders
Stakeholders focused on improving the well-being of children, youth, and families  CLICK HERE


TBRI Connecting Principles
Sep 24 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
TBRI® Connecting Principles*

Connection is the foundation of TBRI®. TBRI® Connecting Principles will provide an in-depth look at connection and attachment and will give you strategies and skills for helping children and families heal.

*must attend TBRI® Introduction & Overview online or in person prior to attending this training

Module 1: Friday September 24, 9:00 am-12:00pm

Module 2: Friday October 1, 9:00am-12:00pm



Earlier the Better: How Court Teams are Supporting Infants and Parents Affected by Prenatal Substance Exposure @ Online
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Earlier the Better: How Court Teams are Supporting Infants and Parents Affected by Prenatal Substance Exposure @ Online

Sponsored by National Quality Improvement Center for
Collaborative Community Court Teams, a program of the
Center for Children and Family Futures

Click to Register

This webinar will share key lessons and outcomes from the National Quality Improvement Center for Collaborative Community Court Teams’ (QIC-CCCT) engagement with 14 demonstration sites. Over the last three years, QIC-CCCT  demonstration sites worked intensively to design, implement, and test approaches to support infants with prenatal substance exposure and their parents or caregivers affected by substance use disorders. This webinar will feature the results of this work, including the role of collaborative court teams in implementing Plans of Safe Care, supporting mothers and families during pregnancy, preventing family separation, and improving cross-system collaboration in their communities. Presenters will provide an overview of the cross-site evaluation approach and share evaluation findings and key program outcomes.

  • Describe the strategies and lessons of the QIC-CCCT, including the role of collaborative community court teams in implementing Plans of Safe Care and a coordinated and family-centered approach to improve early engagement and outcomes for infants, young children and families affected by substance use disorders.
  • Understanding judges’ and collaborative court teams’ role in implementing early intervention strategies for infants and parents affected by prenatal substance exposure.

Identify key outcomes for infants and families affected by prenatal substance exposure.

Mentoring Youth Impacted by the Opioid Crisis
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Mentoring Youth Impacted by the Opioid Crisis

While we are still learning about the wide and deep impacts of the pandemic, increased isolation, and major changes in how we all operate in school, at home, and in community; we know that the opioid crisis continues to affect youth and their families across the country. In addition, substance use, misuse, and addiction of any kind are specific experiences that affect many of the young people we work with. In this webinar, we’ll look at the ways in which substance use is often a trauma response for young people; as well as trauma producing when it’s a challenge for youths’ families and loved ones. We will start with a presentation by Elizabeth Joy, MBA, MSW, LISW-S, LCDCIII, BCC; and a moderated panel discussion with two organizations integrating understanding of this issue into their mentoring models: Brian Maus from Eluna and Gene Bowen from Road Recovery.

Sep 28, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) CLICK HERE

Training provided by: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), U.S. Department of Justice; National Mentoring Resource Center; MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

LA CASA- Understanding ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities
Sep 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Understanding ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities

Thursday, September 30, 2021, 11:30am – 12:30pm

This presentation will introduce the neuroscience of early adversity, the ACE Study, and the community response to addressing ACEs. Utilizing the presentation developed by Dr. Robert Anda, the co-principal researcher of the ACE Study, and Laura Porter, the director of ACE Partnerships in Washington State, a qualified ACE Educator will explain the importance of prevention of and resilience to the negative effects of adversity.



National Adoption Month: Every Conversation Matters Webinar
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

National Adoption Month: Every Conversation Matters Webinar

This year, National Adoption Month will focus on teen adoption and engaging youth in permanency planning. The theme for the 2021 initiative, “Every Conversation Matters,” recognizes that authentic youth engagement depends on building solid relationships, which can begin with a single conversation.

The 90-minute webinar will provide child welfare professionals with tips to incorporate youth engagement in daily practice.

During the webinar, professionals and young people who have experienced care will:
• Share how youth engagement is essential to achieving permanency for teens
• Discuss how to authentically listen to and engage young people
• Describe how to incorporate youth voice into practice
• Provide information about resources and materials available from Child Welfare Information Gateway, AdoptUSKids, and Children’s Bureau grantees.

Sponsoring Organization: AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway CLICK HERE



Call to Action to Change Child Welfare
Oct 4 @ 5:00 am – Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm

Connecting Communities that Lift Up Child and Family Well-Being and Social and Community Justice

The Kempe Center is excited to host the 2nd annual virtual conference, A Call to Action to Change Child Welfare. We will reconvene and expand the international community of practice brought together during the inaugural, groundbreaking 2020 event where 1400 participants from 20 different countries convened to debate, innovate, and discuss ways to transform child welfare. This year’s contributors will include children and young people, family members, leading practitioners, advocates, academics, and managers from all over the globe.

For a flat fee of $100 US dollars, join the over 2,000 expected participants and 450+ speakers from 20 nations in this eco-friendly event for:

64 hours of concurrent learning opportunities over 4 days (running 6am-10pm Denver time daily)
8 keynoters, including renowed experts, international thought leaders, panels of children and family members
25 International Exchanges and Discussion Halls on a range of provocative topics, including: transformation in the times of racial awakening, mandated reporting, restorative approaches to child welfare, indigenous leadership to supporting families, radical solutions to state care, public systems compounding oppression, abolition and the alternative, healing, belonging, the termination of parental rights, the grassroots advocacy movement, infant removal)
Opportunity to participate in conversation circles to tackle some challenging questions and topics, such as: valuing strangers over family, privilege, structures of oppression, anti-racist frameworks, the marginalization of children and family voices
130+ progressive, stimulating interactive workshops
Together, we will strive to change child welfare as we know it by connecting communities that are lifting up child and family well-being and social and community justice. We invite you to envision how you can be a change agent in your nations and communities!

Training provided by the Kempe Foundation CLICK HERE