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NACC Webinar: What do Foster Youth and Other Stakeholders Want From Their Lawyer?
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NACC Webinar: What do Foster Youth and Other Stakeholders Want From Their Lawyer?

When: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM ET
Where: United States
Contact: Daniel Trujillo
(303) 864-5359

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Nationwide, high-quality legal representation for children is in the spotlight. Yet most policy conversations focus on how professionals envision the legal advocate’s work.  How do foster youth define effective representation? How does current empirical research of their perspectives shape our work?  This interactive webinar will synthesize several new studies examining stakeholder (e.g., foster youth, foster parent, child welfare workers, attorney guardians ad litem) perspectives about the quality of legal representation for youth in care. After a brief overview of extant research and policies, the presenters will share findings from recently published research and discuss emerging conceptual models for effective legal representation, from the perspective of foster youth. Presenters will also share preliminary findings from a recent survey of attorney perspectives.  Participants who join this webinar will gain an appreciation for the involvement of key stakeholders  to understanding effective legal representation, understand newly published research findings and their application to developing high-quality children’s representation models, and examine areas for future inquiry and development related to legal practices with foster youth.


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J. Jay Miller, PhD, MSW, CSW 

Dr. Jay Miller is the Dean, Director of the Self-Care Lab, and Dorothy A. Miller Research Professor in Social Work Education in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Jay is dedicated to a host of social issues and community outreach, a passion which he brings to his work as an educator and scholar. Jay has published a number of books and juried articles. His research and academic interests focus on child welfare and youth involvement in juvenile systems. Jay is actively involved in a host of community endeavors and has served as the Chairperson of Kentucky’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Board of Social Work, and Children’s Justice Act Taskforce, among others. Jay is a past recipient of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Paul Grannis Award, is a 2014 inductee into the College of Health and Human Services Hall of Fame at Western Kentucky University, and recently had his research recognized via an award from the Children’s Bureau. Jay was a Cohort Two Doris Duke Fellow (Doris Duke Foundation and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago) and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Louisville. Last but not least, Jay is a proud foster and kin care alum!


Jessica Donohue-Dioh, PhD, MSW-LISW (OH)

Dr. Jessica Donohue-Dioh is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. She is committed to social work’s role in addressing social justice and human rights. Jessica is passionate about teaching and also maintains a research agenda focusing on the prevention of  human trafficking, as well as partnerships in research addressing youth in foster care and their legal representation and self-care of helping professionals domestically and abroad. Dr. D. is mindful to place emphasis on the inclusion of participant voices, be it youth in foster care or survivors of human trafficking. She maintains a critical focus on participants’ recommendations and influence throughout her research, publications, and future collaboration. Jessica has worked in a variety of professional capacities including medical social work, mental health, community organizing, training, education, group work, program development, and is currently focused on teaching, research and advocacy.  Dr. Donohue-Dioh has worked with local communities as well as federal offices, including the Department of State. Most importantly, Jessica is a committed parent of two fantastic children. Jessica and her family enjoy traveling, playing board games, watching movies and a variety of outdoor activities.

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