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Guidance for judges to help implement the Fostering Connections Act's provisions to ensure health and educational well-being of children in the child welfare system.
The Fostering Connections Act includes provisions aimed at supporting youth who are transitioning from foster care. The following judicial considerations and questions to ask from the bench offer guidance to support this transition and promote good outcomes.
Learn the key questions judges can ask to ensure compliance with the relative caregiver provisions of the Fostering Connections Act.
Youth with learning disabilities present challenges to juvenile courts. Explore these challenges and how to address them by understanding laws and proven strategies.
Inspired by the results of an evaluation of parent attorney performance, a Michigan judge has started a project to help turn things around. Key project elements are outlined as well as expected project benefits.
Judges can take creative steps to improve the quality of representation parents receive in child welfare cases. Get tips and guidance to raise the bar in your courtroom.
This article helps attorneys and judicial officers understand the proper role of psychotropic medications for children in foster care and provides a practical framework for decision making.
The sample court policy discussed in this article suggests key steps to successfully engage youth in court.
What happens, however, when a child wishes to share his or her views with the judge but does not want to be in court? Through three case examples, the article provides tips for judges and attorneys, even in jurisdictions that lack case law or court rules on point.,x-default
As a judge presiding over child protection cases, you have the power to remove barriers and promote fathers’ involvement in child welfare legal proceedings. Fathers are important to the child and to the legal process and you play a critical role in engaging them.
Part 2 of this article focuses on specific strategies judges can use to engage fathers in and out of court, as well as strategies for engaging fathers’ extended families and ensuring the safety of the mother and child.
You’re a judge in a court that is trying to establish a family drug court to handle the growing number of child welfare cases involving parental substance abuse. You’re asked to join a committee to raise funds for the court. Can you?