Advocacy

The Art of Listening Effectively

Ten important ideas to keep in mind when representing or advocating for your child and youth clients In order to build strong lawyer-client relationships with children and youth, listening is foundational and essential. To help strengthen our listening skills, here … Read More

Tips & Tools for Providing High-Quality Legal Representation to Children and Parents in Child Welfare Proceedings: Out-of-Court Advocacy

Out-of-court advocacy is critical in every child welfare legal proceeding. As an attorney for the child or parent, you must be a highly skilled litigator and be willing to use the court process to meet your client’s goals. You must … Read More

Judges Action Alert Feb 2021

Judge’s Action Alert: Supporting Early Legal Advocacy Before Court Involvement in Child Welfare Cases

This Judge’s Action Alert highlights:  the reasons for providing legal advocacy early in a child welfare case before court involvement,  roles legal advocates play when appointed before court involvement in a case,  benefits of early, precourt legal advocacy,  how early, precourt legal … Read More

Making an Emergency Plan with Youth in Congregate Care in California: A Toolkit for Dependency Attorneys, Youth Providers, and Advocates

This toolkit explains California foster youth in congregate care facilities face an increased risk of harm compared to youth who live in family homes in a public health emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. It notes that as the daily … Read More

Advocacy and Child’s Attorney-Client Relationships during COVID-19: A Tip Sheet

What do Youth Need from their Attorneys?In the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of life have dramatically changed — schools, court hearings, social events. What has not changed, however, are the critical and urgent needs of youth … Read More

Volunteers learn new ways to advocate for children

Our typical National Child Abuse Prevention Month activities in April were not the same this year!” noted Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children executive director Tonya Ruble-Richter. “Due to the pandemic, we have had to cancel our April community fundraiser event and … Read More

Advocacy and Child’s Attorney-Client Relationships during COVID-19: A Tip Sheet

What do Youth Need from their Attorneys?In the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of life have dramatically changed — schools, court hearings, social events. What has not changed, however, are the critical and urgent needs of youth … Read More