CIP CAFE: 2024 Legislative Updates for Child Welfare Practitioners

SB39, now Act 92, was signed by the Governor on May 21, 2024. The Act establishes an “Advice of Rights for Children” provision in the Louisiana Children’s Code. This new article will become effective on August 1st and requires judges to advise children who are ten years of age and older that they are a party to the proceedings and of their rights, such as the right to have notice of and attend all hearings. In addition, Act 92 makes other relevant changes to the Children’s Code, for example, clarifying the process for asking the court to disapprove a child’s placement. Our speakers will explain changes to Child in Need of Care law and will also provide information about other new laws that impact our children and families, such as delinquency, education, and mental health laws. Please join us!


  • Kayana Bradley, Peer Support Specialist, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services; Louisiana Elite Advocacy Force
  • Kathy Lynn Cook, J.D., M.A., C.W.L.S.,* Deputy General Counsel, Mental Health Advocacy Service/Child Advocacy Program
  • Richard M. Pittman, J.D., C.W.L.S.,* Director of Field Placements and Pro Bono Programs, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center


  • Learn about the new Advice of Rights for Children and other 2024 legislative changes to Child in Need of Care law.
  • Become familiar with 2024 law changes to delinquency, education, and other relevant matters.
  • Hear about potential 2025 legislative issues.


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