Resource Letter:
For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Protective Services Cases
October 29, 2021
NCSC Summit on Virtual Child Welfare Hearings and Webinar on Multidisciplinary Legal Representation
Please find information below on two upcoming events from the National Center for State Courts (NCSC): a three-part virtual summit focused on virtual child welfare hearings, to be held on November 1, November 8, and November 15; and a webinar about implementing multidisciplinary legal representation to serve families to be held on November 16.
November virtual summit to examine virtual child welfare hearings
Please join us for a three-part virtual summit focused on virtual child welfare hearings. Over three Mondays in November, NCSC will bring together examples from state and local jurisdictions and national experts to discuss what we know so far about virtual child welfare hearings, describe emerging best practices, and provide guidance for sustaining and evaluating virtual practices moving forward. We will also host opportunities for networking and connecting with colleagues across the country to discuss their experiences.

Register today to reserve your seat. Your single registration will give you access to any (or all) of the three sessions.

Please check back for complete agendas for the Nov. 8 and 15 sessions.

Day 1, November 1 from 2-5 PM ET: What do we currently know about virtual child welfare hearings?
  • Learn about findings from two national studies of virtual child welfare hearings
  • Hear about state-level virtual-hearing studies and how states are applying their lessons to improving virtual hearings

2:00—Welcome by David Slayton, Vice President, Court Consulting Services, NCSC
2:10 PM—"Child Welfare in a Virtual World: Findings from a National and Multisite Study" by Alicia Summers and Sophia Gatowski, Ph.D., Director, Systems Change Solution
3:00 PM—"What We're Learning about Virtual Child Welfare Hearings" by Teri Deal, NCSC
3:30 PM—"Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow! Ohio’s Response to the Pandemic and Using the Lessons Learned" by David Edelblute, Manager of the Children and Families Section at the Supreme Court of Ohio, and Kyana Pierson, Policy Counsel for the Children and Families Section at the Supreme Court of Ohio
4:30 PM—Breakout Rooms for Questions, Networking, and Discussion

Day 2, November 8, 2-5 PM ET: What are emerging best practices in virtual child welfare hearings?

Day 3, November 15, 2-5 PM ET: Sustaining and evaluating virtual child welfare hearings
Implementing Multidisciplinary Legal Representation To Serve Families
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 2:00 - 3:30 Eastern Time

This webinar will explore why multidisciplinary legal representation should be considered the gold standard in legal advocacy and how jurisdictions can implement the model. Presenters will talk about the importance of multidisciplinary advocacy, present data on its effectiveness, and discuss practical ways jurisdictions can move forward to implement the model.
Rick Barinbaum LMSW, Lecturer, University of Michigan School of Social Work
Shrounda Selivanoff, Director of Public Policy, Children's Home Society of Washington

Professor Vivek Sankaran, University of Michigan School of Law, Director of the Child Advocacy Law Clinic

For more information, contact Chris Wu.

Register for the Multidisciplinary Legal Representation webinar.
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