February 22, 2021. Parents who have been represented by interdisciplinary legal teams have seen successes this year. This webinar highlights the role these teams have played in supporting families through their darkest days. This is the fifth in a year-long webinar series focused on interdisciplinary legal representation for parents in the child welfare system.
February 9, 2021. A 60-minute webinar highlighting the grandfamilies and kinship care provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, some of the most significant being those providing additional federal funds for kinship navigator programs. Generations United staff are joined by experts from the Children’s Defense Fund and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law to provide an overview of new federal investments in kinship navigator programs, grandfamilies housing, and relevant child welfare programs that can help grandfamilies.
- Webinar Recording
- Power Point Slides
- Generations United's Brief Summary of the Kinship Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021
December 16, 2020. Presenters discussed how to identify and address trauma exposure responses, including practical steps legal organizations and attorneys can take to mitigate the impact of trauma, so attorneys are able to provide high-quality legal representation and be the best advocates for their clients.
Building Partnerships Between Parents and Caregivers: A Community-Based Multidisciplinary Approach to Strengthening Families
December 1, 2020. In this webinar, Birth Parent National Network leaders and lawyers who work as part of interdisciplinary legal representation teams shared:
- new Birth and Foster Parent Partnership Tools,
- the importance of parents and caregivers working together to achieve positive outcomes for children, and
- how the legal team can support the relationships between parents and caregivers.
September 23, 2020. This Family Justice Initiative webinar explores 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.
A Conversation about the Manifestation of White Supremacy in the Institution of Child Welfare, Level 2
September 16, 2020. This webinar focused on the impact of racism and white supremacy in child welfare policies and practices. Speakers explored who holds power in child welfare practice, office culture, hierarchy within organizations, representation versus tokenism and “civility,” and the role of the community and how stakeholders must hold each other accountable for race equity to occur. Practice tips and tools were offered.
August 31, 2020. This webinar highlights findings from the ABA Center on Children and the Law's assessment of the impact of funding changes on child welfare legal representation quality in California. It shares the practical implications of the findings and guidance for advocating for greater investments in child and parent counsel in communities. Related resources.
A Conversation about the Manifestation of White Supremacy in the Institution of Child Welfare, Level 1
July 15, 2020. Speakers from across the country discussed the impact of racism and white supremacy in child welfare policies and practices. The panel defined terms, provided historical context for the systemic destabilization of families, and laid the framework for a second level of continued discussion about what child welfare advocates can do to contribute to true community and family well-being and success.