This webinar highlights the federal government's recent guidance on emerging legal issues in child welfare cases. The webinar also helps attorneys and judges apply that guidance in case-by-case decision-making on topics like visitation and family time, access to services in the case plan, due process and civil rights protections during remote court hearings, reasonable efforts findings, family reunification, termination of parental rights timelines, and other important aspects of a child welfare legal proceedings that may be affected by the pandemic.
Welcome and Introduction
- Judy Perry Martinez, President, American Bar Association; Of Counsel, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn
- Dr. Jerry Milner D.S.W., Associate Commissioner, Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services
- Hon. Ernestine Gray, Orleans Parish; Chair, ABA Commission on Youth at Risk
- David Kelly, Special Advisor, Children's Bureau, Administration for Children & Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services
- Kathleen Creamer, Managing Attorney, Family Advocacy Unit, Philadelphia Community Legal Services
- Prudence Beidler Carr, Director, Center on Children and the Law
Co-Sponsors: ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, ABA Criminal Justice Section, ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, ABA Section of Litigation, ABA Section of State and Local Government Law, ABA Senior Lawyers Division, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants,
March 27, 2020 letter from the Children’s Bureau to child welfare legal and judicial community regarding ongoing child welfare legal requirements in cases
Family Justice Initiative webpage with details about how to provide high quality legal representation to children and parents during the pandemic
Capacity Building Center for Courts tool for Conducting Effective Remote Hearings in Child Welfare Cases.
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