Resources

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Standards of Practice

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Books

Evaluations of Legal Representation for Parents

Parent Guides

Parent Know Your Rights Guides

Videos & Webinars

High Quality Family Defense in the Time of COVID

In this webinar for New Jersey parent advocates, held September 3, 2020, Kathleen Creamer, April Lee, and Saadiqa Kumanyika from Community Legal Services in Philadelphia share challenges during the pandemic and strategies for addressing them on a systemic level and in individual client cases.

Interdisciplinary Parent Representation Webinar

On May 21, 2020, the National Alliance for Parent Representation hosted the webinar  "Interdisciplinary Parent Representation: Bringing Hope to Families During the Pandemic and Beyond." A recording of the webinar is now available.

Why Quality Legal Representation Matters for Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders

Webinar presentation exploring the attributes of quality legal representation for parents involved in child welfare proceedings. It focuses on the parent attorney's role to ensure reasonable efforts are made on behalf of families affected by substance use disorders to access quality services to prevent removal and support timely reunification and permanency. 

New Jersey Videos

Video links from Legal Services of New Jersey including policy, press, and client stories.

Giving Parents a Voice

This film from Mississippi gives a national perspective on representing parents in the child welfare system.

Articles/Reports

Parent Representation Generally

Advocacy and Reform

Disproportionality

Foster Care Risks

Incarcerated Parents

Nonoffending Parents

Parent Partner Programs

Parent Social Workers

Parent Visitation

Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Reinstatement of Parental Rights

Substance Abuse

Housing and Child Welfare: Litigation Strategies and Advocacy Tools for Parents’ Attorneys Webinar

Presented with support of the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare (NCHCW).
Audio | Slides )

Indian Child Welfare Act: What Parents' Attorneys Need to Know

Part 1 - Overview Audio l Slides )

Part 2 - Qualified Expert Witnesses ( Audio l Slides )

Part 3 - Transfers & Motions to Invalidate ( Audio l Slides )