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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.

SAFETY DECISION MAKING - UPDATED LEGAL TRAINING - September 9th in Monroe

This course will focus on key concepts and definitions (threats to child vulnerability and parental protective capacity) used to determine whether a child is safe or unsafe. Trainees will be exposed to an in – depth analysis and actions required by the state to ensure that reasonable efforts have been made to present or eliminate the need for removal of children from their home. “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. Registration is $25 and will cover lunch, refreshments, and training materials. DCFS staff may attend only with supervisory approval. DCFS Child Welfare Training Office will submit the names of all authorized attendees for registration. Register Here/More Information. 6 hours CLE or CEU, including one hour of legal professionalism.

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.

TOGETHER WE CONFERENCE - November 12-14 in Lafayette

The 17th Annual Together We Can Conference will be held in November at the Cajundome in Lafayette. Mark your calendar for this event. Currently scholarship applications are being accepted and nominations for the annual awards are open. The conference website with all related information is www.latwc.org.