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Webinar: New Legal Resources for Incorporating the Family First Act into Your Practice in 2020
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Webinar: New Legal Resources for Incorporating the Family First Act into Your Practice in 2020

When: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: United States
Presenter: Prudence Beidler Carr and Cristina Ritchie Cooper
Contact: Daniel Trujillo
(303) 864-5359

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In Fall 2019, more provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act became effective in states across the country. This webinar will highlight two new resources: a Family First Legal Guide and a Tool for Engaging the Legal Community in Family First Implementation. The Legal Guide is written for attorneys, judges, magistrates, and court personnel, and provides an overview about how the Family First Act changes federal child welfare law, identifies opportunities to use the Act in legal advocacy and judicial decision-making, and offers guidance on supporting effective  implementation in local communities. The Tool for Engaging the Legal Community can facilitate dialogue between child welfare agency implementation teams and the legal community to address potential unintended consequences and maximize positive impact for children and families. Learn more about these tools and ways to access opportunities available under the Family First Act.



Prudence Beidler Carr, ABA Center on Children and the Law

Prudence Beidler Carr is the Director of the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law in Washington DC, where she manages a team of attorneys and core staff who work on children’s law projects throughout the country. Prudence provides substantive expertise on Center projects related to federal legislation, child welfare and immigration, and legal representation. Prudence has worked on numerous children’s advocacy projects in child welfare, early care and education, and afterschool program development both domestically and internationally. Immediately before joining the Center, Prudence lived in Mexico City where she partnered with JUCONI, a Mexican organization that helps street-living youth reintegrate with their families. Previously, Prudence worked in the General Counsel’s Office at the Department of Homeland Security, where she managed class action, appellate and Supreme Court litigation and advised senior leaders on the legal effects of immigration and national security policies. Prudence also served as the office's Deputy Managing Counsel, in which she helped manage a $30 Million budget and conducted strategic planning across all DHS legal offices, encompassing approximately 1,800 attorneys. Prudence was a law clerk for District Judge Paul S. Diamond in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She has served on several public interest and education boards, including the Insight Center for Community Economic Development in California and the Law Board at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Prudence has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a JD from Northwestern.


Cristina Ritchie Cooper, ABA Center on Children and the Law

Cristina Ritchie Cooper is a Senior Attorney with the ABA Center on Children and the Law. She is currently leading the creation of a Legal Guide on effective implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act for members of the legal community and provides training and technical assistance in that area. As Program Director of the Center’s Immigration and Child Welfare Project, Cristina supports courts and agencies working with immigrant families in or at risk of entering the dependency system, and child welfare and immigration attorneys who seek to understand their clients’ legal needs in both fields. Cristina also supports juvenile court reform through her work with the Children’s Bureau’s Capacity Building Center for Courts and the Center’s Permanency Barriers Project. Prior to joining the ABA, Cristina provided direct legal representation to children and youth the Bronx, NY, and Washington, DC. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Princeton University.


Thanks for support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this WEBINAR IS OPEN TO ALL -- MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS ALIKE!  


Accredited for 2 hours of CLE in Colorado.  CLE approval in at least one state can streamline an attorney’s CLE application in another state.  Check with your jurisdiction for details on simplified CLE applications and online learning requirements.  All the documents needed to support your CLE application will be posted at shortly after the presentation concludes. 

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