This September 16, 2020 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.
This August 31, 2020 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.
In this July 15, 2020 webinar, 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.
This July 1, 2020 webinar highlights the benefits multidisciplinary legal teams, explains the Children’s Bureau recent decision to invest federal IV-E dollars in the multidisciplinary legal representation model for parents and children, shares a 2019 study on this model, and explains how this model supports child welfare agencies and most importantly, children and their parents.
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." Over 350 live participants joined.
Center attorney Mimi Laver joins a panel to explore 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.
In coordination with the U.S. Children’s Bureau, the Center helped host a webinar on COVID-19 and Child Welfare Cases. The webinar highlights the federal government's recent guidance on emerging legal issues in child welfare cases and helps attorneys and judges apply that guidance in case-by-case decision making.
Held February 27, 2020, 1-2 EST
Hosted by the ABA Center on Children and the Law, Commission on Youth at Risk, and the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice. This free webinar for all audiences, with a focus on how attorneys and judges can better understand how to apply adolescent brain science in child welfare cases.
- The webinar featured Leslie Leve and Sue Mangold, two members of the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) Committee that produced the 2019 “Promise of Adolescence” report.
- Attorneys from the ABA Center on Children and the Law walked through case scenarios showing how this research can inform legal practice using the ABA’s Adolescent Brain Science Legal Toolkit.
Highlights from National Reunification Month and the National Alliance for Parent Representation, presented by Mimi Laver, hosted by the Birth Parent National Network, June 28, 2018.
Separating Families at the Border
Trump’s Policy of Separating Families at the Border: U.S. Law, Court Rulings and Administration Policy, presented by Prudence Beidler Carr, hosted by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, June 28, 2018.