Court Appointed Special Advocate

LA Supreme Court

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

Court Appointed Special Advocates: Becoming the “Chance” for Louisiana’s Youth

By Judge (Ret.) Kathleen Stewart Richey Lawyers understand the anxiety associated with going to court. Imagine being 7 years old, removed from your home by a child welfare worker and going to court alone! You are taken to a building … Read More

Child Protection: Dependency Courts

Annotation This Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) In Focus fact sheet outlines programs, training, and funding to ensure that dependency court personnel have the skills to address the complex needs of children and their families who come … Read More