Parents’ Attorneys

Child Welfare Law and Practice: Red Book 3 for Dependency Attorneys is Born

Child Welfare Law and Practice: Red Book 3 for Dependency Attorneys is Born

It’s a lot thicker! That was the most common initial reaction from NACC members at our recent annual conference in Philadelphia to our new, third edition of Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases. Yes, pick up this substantial book and you’ll notice we’ve gone from 788 pages to 1,127 in order to more fully cover what an attorney (or judge, or social worker) needs to know in this field.

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I’m Not Your Honey, Darling: Demanding Respect For Female Attorneys

I’m Not Your Honey, Darling: Demanding Respect For Female Attorneys

Juvenile and family court dockets can be a roller coaster of unexpected and surprising developments, yet one factor is constant: the attorneys who have chosen this challenging field are disproportionately female. Many women serve on the front lines in dependency, delinquency, and custody law, and many are in leadership positions. Surely this means women working in court are respected, even admired, right? “I got the pat on the head,” reports the CEO of the National Association of Women Lawyers. Many

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We Are All in This Together: The Value of Dialogue in a Challenging Field

We Are All in This Together: The Value of Dialogue in a Challenging Field

“Why did you go into this work?” As part of a training on compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, my co-presenters and I begin every session with this question. Responses vary slightly but are always connected to a desire to advocate for, empower, and help vulnerable children and families and to work for positive social change on a larger scale. This question is like an anchor for everything else we discuss and explore, namely that the reality of our work is

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Many Medicines, Few Cures: Advocating for Children Who Have Been Prescribed Psychotropic Medications

Many Medicines, Few Cures: Advocating for Children Who Have Been Prescribed Psychotropic Medications

“Many medicines, few cures” – Benjamin Franklin I am fortunate to live and work in the great city of Philadelphia, birthplace of the United States, home to the cheesesteak and the guy who wrote the above quote – Benjamin Franklin. We are excited that NACC is coming to Philadelphia this year. Several of us at Support Center for Child Advocates will present workshops and a few more will attend. I will be presenting “Use of Psychotropic Medication: Research Informing Policy

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Child Witnesses in Dependency Court: It Starts with Careful Planning and Preparation

Child Witnesses in Dependency Court: It Starts with Careful Planning and Preparation

Starting out as a new children’s attorney eight years ago, there were many tenets ingrained into my head. Those about sibling placement, front-loading of services to encourage reunification, diligent searches, timely permanency, and so many others that I’m sure ring true in your own practice. One of those that stood out was the belief that we want to avoid calling children as witnesses in our dependency cases. The act of testifying itself can be potentially traumatic for children. Yes, I

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