New Resources and Important Information

 
LOUISIANA SUPREME COURT - COURT INFORMATION/NOTICES - Click Here
 
CHILDREN'S BUREAU EXPRESS - CURRENT EDITION: Click Here
 
PELICAN CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES - FALL 2020 COURSE CATALOG: Click Here
 
NEED CLE HOURS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR?
Upcoming training sponsored by the Pelican Center for Children and Families includes:
  • CULTURE SMART - December 1-2, 2020 - 10am to 1pm on both days. This is a virtual class with 6 hours of CLE (including 1 hour of professionalism) and/or 6 hours of SW CEU. Click to sign up or get more information.

 

  • SAFETY: CONTINUOUS QUALITY ASSESSMENT IN CHILD WELFARE CASES THROUGH CHILD WELFASRE ASSESSMENT & DECISION-MAKING - December 14-15, 2020 - 9am to 12:15pm on both days. This is a virtual class with 6 hours of CLE (including 1 hour of professionalism and 1 hour of ethics) and/or 6 hours of SW CEU. Click to sign up or get more information.
  
 
LEGAL AND COURT GUIDANCE FROM ASSOCIATE COMMISSIONER JERRY MILNER
 
The Children’s Bureau (CB) is aware of questions and concerns regarding a number of child welfare issues in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, including whether CB can waive statutorily required judicial proceedings. As discussed and delineated below, CB cannot waive these statutory requirements but expects that courts and states will work together to determine how best to balance child-safety related statutory requirements against public-health mandates. But as delineated below, as situations require, courts can and should use flexible means of convening required hearings.
 
The Children's Bureau has released a memorandum for child welfare professionals with guidance on COVID-19 response and the courts. Please review and follow the guidance with your court cases. Click here.
 
 
 
CHILD WELFARE COURTS DURING A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS: ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND ADVOCACY...
 
A joint statement on Child Welfare Courts from Child Welfare Partners:
In this time of profound uncertainty, child welfare systems face unprecedented challenges to ensuring safety, wellbeing, and permanency for young people. As the public health crisis persists, it is incumbent upon courts and legal professionals to critically assess and safeguard the needs and rights of every young person and family member experiencing dependency court involvement. Judicial officers, attorneys for children, parents, agencies, and tribes, CIPs, CASAs, and court administrators should resist reactive, sweeping policies and insist upon thoughtful consideration of each child’s and each family’s individual circumstances, promoting decisions based on current information, informed by medical expertise, and anchored in due process values. Specifically: Click to read the full statement. Very important resources and contacts shared within the document. 
  
 
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..