April 09, 2020 RAPID RESPONSE

COVID-19 and Child Welfare Cases

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.

With heightened concerns nationwide about data confidentiality and diminished trust in the federal government, lawyers in all practice areas may find themselves being asked about the Census 2020, which begins nationwide in March, by their clients.
With heightened concerns nationwide about data confidentiality and diminished trust in the federal government, lawyers in all practice areas may find themselves being asked about the Census 2020, which begins nationwide in March, by their clients.

Welcome and Introduction

  • Judy Perry Martinez, President, American Bar Association; Of Counsel, Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn

Panelists

  • Dr. Jerry Milner D.S.W., Associate Commissioner,  Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • Judge 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

Moderator

Joint Sponsors: ABA Center on Children and the Law, ABA Commission on Youth at Risk

Co-Sponsors: ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & ResponsibilitiesABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender IdentityABA Criminal Justice Section, ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers DivisionABA Section of LitigationABA Section of State and Local Government Law, ABA Senior Lawyers Division, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants

Resources

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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