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NACC Member Webinar Series

Tuesday, April 23, 2019  
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NACC is thrilled to launch our 2019 Member Webinar Series!  


NACC Membership benefits now include access to live and recorded free one-hour webinars held every other month (alternating with publication of the The Guardian, NACC's expanded monthly law journal).  


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June Webinar: Family First Act 

Tuesday, June 11, 1pm (Eastern)

A Courtroom Advocate’s Guide to the Family First Galaxy

Allison Green, JD, CWLS, Special Counsel, National Association of Counsel for Children

Stefanie Sprow, JD, Deputy Director of Child Welfare & Mental Health, Children's Defense Fund


This webinar will provide an overview of key components of the 2018 Family First Prevention Services Act, the most sweeping piece of federal child welfare legislation in decades. Attendees will learn how to translate the law’s mandates into daily courtroom advocacy and legal innovation. Specifically, the session will focus on advocacy tips applied to each stage of a child welfare case: pre-petition, initial hearings, placement decisions, services and permanency pathways. Participants will gain increased confidence and urgency to leverage the language and the spirit of Family First on behalf of the children, parents and caregivers they represent.  90 minutes.


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Title IV-E Funding for Legal Representation 

Gerry Glynn, Chief Legal Counsel, Embrace Families

Erin Lovell, Executive Director, Legal Counsel for Youth and Children

Tom Rawlings, Director, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services


APRIL 2019: The Federal Government recently expanded how the states can receive reimbursement for foster care related expenses to include reimbursement for funds spent providing legal representation to children and parents in child welfare proceedings.  This session will explain the federal funding scheme and how states can use these funds before and during child welfare cases to provide quality legal representation to children and parents.  The presenters will also provide practical steps for participants, encouraging everyone to think big and to help their states maximize their funding under this new scheme. 



Active Efforts and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

Judge Len Edwards 

Vida Castaneda, Senior Analyst, Tribal/State Programs, California Judicial Counsel


FEBRUARY 2019: This webinar addressed the meaning of Active Efforts as contained in the ICWA, discussing appellate case law describing Active Efforts, comparing Active Efforts to Reasonable Efforts, and suggesting how attorneys should argue the active efforts requirement in court. 


Child Welfare and Poverty

Diane Redleaf, Author & Advocate, Family Defense Consulting

Ruth White, Executive Director, National Center for Housing and Child Welfare

OCTOBER 2018: The child protection system is supposed to protect children from abuse and neglect and promote their health and well-being.  But that system tends to confuse poverty with genuine neglect, impoverishing the families who are the targets of its intervention in the process and causing deterioration in children’s stability and prospects for self-sufficiency. This discussion, with housing and child welfare advocates and academics working in the child welfare and poverty law arenas in the US, will focus on the many respects in which the child protection system contributes to child and family poverty. Topics will include: how child protection systems misidentify and mistreat poverty; how race, national origin, and class bias intensify the maltreatment of families; how child abuse registers operate as employment blacklists in the low-income work force; economic security issues facing children aging out of foster care; and how policies that criminalize poverty operate unchecked in child protection systems in the US.


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