Resource Letter:
For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Protective Services Cases
December 15, 2020
National Study on Remote Hearing Practices in Child Welfare Cases
The University of Nevada, Reno is conducting research on remote hearing practices for child welfare cases through a nationwide study led by Dr. Alicia Summers. Dr. Summers previously served as the Program Director for Research and Evaluation at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and currently serves as faculty member for the university and as an independent consultant. The study consists of two surveys: one for child welfare professionals and one for parents involved in a child welfare case.

Each survey is voluntary and completely anonymous. The professionals survey seeks responses from judges, attorneys, and agency workers who work on child abuse and neglect cases. The parent survey seeks to elicit parents’ opinions about the virtual hearing process. Attorneys and/or judges may consider sharing a link to the survey with parents at the conclusion of a remote hearing. Alternatively, the link can be shared with parents via phone or email. Responses to the surveys may help inform statewide and national efforts concerning remote hearing practices.

Each survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and will be open through the end of January 2021. Any level of participation is encouraged, and all responses will be reported in the aggregate. If you would like to participate or share as appropriate, please find links to both surveys below.

If there are questions regarding this study, please contact Dr. Alicia Summers.
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