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A Guardian ad Litem’s Guide to Disagreeing with the Department

A Guardian ad Litem’s Guide to Disagreeing with the Department

When I first moved to Colorado to practice dependency law as a guardian ad litem, I took a two-day course entitled, “Legal Preparation for Dependency Attorneys.” The course provided an overview of Colorado’s child welfare statutes, practice, and policy. I was transitioning from a civil rights practice to a nonprofit practice so I knew I could use a crash course in the black letter law and local culture. But I (naively) assumed that “advocacy was advocacy” and so the basics

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Guardian ad Litem Reform in Nebraska and the Power of Moms

Guardian ad Litem Reform in Nebraska and the Power of Moms

If you want something done, ask a mom. That eternal truth applies not only to family life, but to public policy and social change. When most of us were teenagers, you were considered ‘good to go’ if you thought you’d be able to keep that vehicle between the lines and get yourself home. Few of us ever challenged a friend to hand over the keys, and it’s a miracle most of us survived those years. Then came Mothers Against Drunk

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