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Prepetition Legal Representation

Legal advocates may represent families, typically parents, in the early stages of a child welfare case before a child is removed from the home and often before an abuse or neglect petition is filed. A form of preventative legal advocacy, prepetition legal representation aims to keep the family together, keep children in the home, and prevent the need for foster care. The ABA Center on Children and the Law, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the Family Justice Initiative all support prepetition legal representation.

Prepetition Legal Representation Webinar

On Wednesday, Sept 23, 2020, the Family Justice Initiative hosted a webinar on prepetition legal representation for parents and youth in the child welfare system. Presenters discussed prepetition representation programs, including funding, getting started, relationship with the child welfare agency as a referral source, best practices and outcomes.

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Prepetition Legal Representation Programs

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To learn more about prepetition legal representation, contact Mimi Laver using this contact form.