Child in Need of Care (CINC)

2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers

Actions for States, Communities, and Others Introduction & Purpose This document is a component of the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers (Strategy), which was developed by the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Act Family Caregiving Advisory … Read More

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Qualifications and Standards for Attorneys Representing Children in Need of Care – Reports Due January 31st

Since its enactment in 1974, CAPTA has required appointment of a “guardian ad litem” in “every case involving an abused or neglected child which results in a judicial proceeding.” States must meet this requirement, among others, in order to be … Read More

2-16-2023 CIP Cafe’ – Do You Have A Problem? Can A Motion Solve That?

Motions are a strategic tool that can be used in a variety of ways to improve outcomes in Louisiana Child in Need of Care (CINC) cases. Filed by an attorney or party, a motion seeks a specific order of the … Read More

1-19-2023 CIP Cafe’ – Reasonable Efforts: Overview of the Law and Fiscal Implications

The concept of reasonable efforts is a fundamental component in every Child in Need of Care (CINC) case. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has the burden of demonstrating reasonable efforts to prevent or eliminate the need for … Read More

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Introducing the Reasonable Efforts Findings Study

U.S. Administration for Children and Families – October 05, 2022 A judge’s reasonable efforts decisions at child welfare hearings may avoid separating families and help children achieve permanency faster.1 As a result, judges play a critical role in child welfare … Read More

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Addressing the Impacts of Parent and Caregiver Loss on Children (Includes audio)

U.S. Administration for Children and Families – October 27, 2022 Losing a parent or caregiver is a tragic and life-changing event for a child. Supporting children and families who have experienced loss is deeply embedded in the strategic goals and … Read More

Together We Can Conference – We are Resilient: 20 Years Together for Children and Families

November 2-4, 2022 – Virtual Child Welfare Conference Conference Registration Booklet Register Now Together We Can is an annual multi-disciplinary conference that focuses on the children who have experienced abuse or neglect. The children may be in foster care, residential … Read More

Determining the Best Interests of the Child

Courts make a variety of decisions that affect children, including placement and custody determinations, safety and permanency planning, and proceedings for termination of parental rights. Whenever a court makes such a determination, judges must weigh whether the decision will be … Read More


Why Relative Placement Is Best for a Child in Need of Care

While a foster home can care for a child, there are often many relatives willing to step up, and there is no comparison to the benefits of a family’s love and connection. By Avery Alexson Guidry Child in Need of … Read More


What You Need to Know About Child in Need of Care Cases in Louisiana (Quick Guide)

Authored By: Lagniappe Law Lab The information in this post is from the Louisiana Bar Foundation and its Lagniappe Law Lab. Link to site. The step by step chart is very short and direct – worth a quick review! Infographic: … Read More