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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 Curtis Nelson, 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.

LOUISIANA CHILD WELFARE BASICS - June 13 in Houma

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. Registration is $25 and will cover lunch, refreshments and training materials. 6.5 CLE and CEU hours applications are approved. CLE hours include 1 hour each of ethics and professionalism. Louisiana DCFS child welfare staff must register through their supervisor. Click for registration or more information. Questions: Call 985-624-3514.

MOSAIC DIMENSION 2.0 – Embracing “Cultural Uniqueness and Differences’ to Make a Difference – June 18 in Monroe and August 7 in Lake Charles

This training introduces participants to concepts of cultural programming and implicit racial bias through the Mosaic Dimension Model.  It helps to foster a climate of success & reduce disproportionality and disparity through three extraordinary practices. The Mosaic Dimension assumes that children who are moving through the Foster Care system are as culturally unique and different as mosaic patterns. The Mosaic Dimension Model teaches that through “the Power of One,” we can each work to create a child welfare system where all children “fare well.” 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.  Presented by Patsy Wilkerson, M.A.  Click Here to Register in Monroe and Click Here to Register in Lake Charles. Sponsored by the Pelican Center for Children and Families. 6 hours CLE (including 1 hour of professionalism) and SW approved.   $25 fee, includes lunch. Louisiana DCFS child welfare staff must register through their supervisor. Questions: Call 985-624-3514.

CULTURAL CONSCIOUSNESS - September 17 in Alexandria

A curriculum adapted from the New Jersey Child Welfare Training Partnership Cultural Competence Curriculum, presented by Patsy Wilkerson, M.A. 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 or for more information. Sponsored by the Pelican Center for Children and Families. 6 hours CLE (including 1 hour of professionalism) and SW approved. $25 fee, includes lunch. Louisiana DCFS child welfare staff must register through their supervisor. Questions: Call 985-624-3514.