2022 Tool Kit for Attorneys Representing Parents and Children in Child Welfare Cases

Disclaimer
Disclaimer
 
Letter from the Executive Director
Letter from the Executive Director
 
Acknowledgments
Acknowledgments
 
Legal Essentials
Overview: Child Welfare Case Flow Chart
 
Duties of Parents' and Children's Attorneys
 
Burden of Proof
 
Best Interest of the Child
 
Pleading Practice
 
Motion Practice
 
Termination Grounds
 
Discovery
 
Evidentiary Issues
 
Investigations & Alternatives to Removal
Investigations & Alternatives to Removal of a Child
 
Court-Ordered Services
 
Statutory Hearings
Hearings at a Glance
 
Judicial Hearing Check Lists
 
Ex Parte Hearings
 
Adversary Hearings
 
Status Hearing
 
Permanency Hearing Before Final Order
 
Dismissal Date Issues
 
Transition or Monitored Return Chart
 
Final Hearing
 
Permanency Hearing After Final Order
 
Concurrent Issues
Reasonable Efforts
 
Placement
 
Visitation
 
Medical Abuse and Neglect Allegations
 
Children's Attorney Issues
Child Well-Being
 
Interviewing the Child Client
 
Normalcy
 
Children Without Placement (CWOP)
 
Children with Disabilities
 
Dual Status Youth
 
Psychotropic Medication Parameters for Children
 
Older Youth in Foster Care
 
Child Turns 18 While in PMC or TMC Chart
 
Parent's Attorney Issues
Paternity
 
Child Support and Kinship Support
 
Inability to Care & Parents with Disabilities
 
Incarcerated Parents
 
Parents with an Open Criminal Case
 
Reinstatement of Parental Rights
 
Trauma-Informed Advocacy
Using a Trauma-Informed Lens for Interacting with Clients
 
Federal Law
Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
 
Interstate Placements (ICPC)
 
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
 
School Stability Under Federal & State Law
 
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
 
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Acronyms & Abbreviations
 
Additional Resources
Additional Resources