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Kathy Gomez is managing attorney at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. For 15 years, she has honed her advocacy for families in the child welfare system.
Want to improve parent representation quality? Gather and analyze data to identify strengths and weaknesses, then chart a course to serve parent clients better. Learn why data collection matters and how to get started.
Professor Martin Guggenheim shares tips for success for parent attorneys.
Three experts share tips for representing parents with disabilities in dependency and family court cases.
Evaluating parent attorney performance is often overlooked. Evaluations are proving to be great tools to improve attorney performance.
A joint federal letter addressing a child welfare agency's discrimination against a mother with a disability may have a far-reaching impact. Learn how.
Helping mothers with depression helps their children. Learn the latest strategies to remove barriers to treatment.
A parent and her lawyer share the secrets to a successful parent attorney-client relationship in a child welfare case.
Minnesota faced a crisis when public defenders stopped representing parents in child welfare cases. A law school clinic stepped up and turned the situation around.
An advisor for a law school clinic representing parents in child welfare cases in Minnesota explains the importance of quality parent representation.
A shift is occurring regarding reasonable efforts enforceability since the economic crisis has impacted child welfare funding streams.
Learn how some jurisdictions are using dedicated social workers to support parents.
Navigating child welfare investigations is easier for many parents in New York. That's because the Center for Family Representation uses a unique approach -- Community Advocacy Teams. Learn how CAT Teams support parents and strengthen advocacy on their behalf.
Parent partners are helping parents navigate the child welfare system and reach positive outcomes.
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.
Several organizations are using parent partners to help guide parents through the child welfare system and improve case outcomes.
Addressing housing needs for families can help keep them together.
Go inside the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy to see how they pursue permanency for families in the child welfare system.
This article provides a snapshot of the current state of parent representation across the country and recommends steps to take to strengthen this important right.
Quality parent representation during the child welfare investigation stage is key to success in the case. Follow these precourt strategies.
Pregant or parenting teens in foster care face many challenges. Get answers to common questions practitioners face when representing this group.
A parent with a disability faces extra challenges. With creative advocacy and accommodations, many parents with disabilities can care for their children.
What happens in the first 60 days of a child welfare cases matters more than ever. Start off right on the path to family reunification with these strategies.
Pennsylvania and Washington are at different stages of integrating practice standards for parent attorneys. Learn what's working and what could be improved.
Parent attorneys need practice standards too. Now they have them. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the standards and some of the top standards.