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Tonight on The Gist of Freedom www.BlackHistoryUniversity.com, Meet Jamel Robinson! After spending 21 years in the foster care system without being adopted, he beat the odds and is now a successful child welfare reform advocate.
This show is dedicated to Amanda Berry Smith 1837-1915
devoted her life to the ministry of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Her most noted achievement is the opening of the first orphanage for black children in Illinois.
In 1899, the orphanage opened its doors to homeless African American girls. The 12-room brick house that served as the orphanage was the first of its kind in Illinois.
The community at large was receptive to Smith’s evangelical message and supported the presence of the orphanage. By 1910, the building housed 33 children, up from 12 in 1900
In Harvey, Illinois, a suburb founded by temperance groups south of Chicago, Smith took up the duties of the national representative for the WCTU, and wrote her life’s story. An Autobiography: The Story of the Lord’s Dealings with Mrs. Amanda Smith, the Colored Evangelist was published in 1893. Through book sales, donations, and lecturing fees, she began to raise money for a new cause: an orphanage for black children. She founded and distributed a small newspaper, The Helper, in order to generate publicity and income for the orphanage and other worthy charities
Welcome Esther Altvater Attean and Misty Sioux Little to the show. We will be discussing the Indian Child Welfare Act and the effects it has within the communities.
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978 is Federal law that governs the removal and out-of-home placement of American Indian children. The law was enacted after recognition by the Federal Government that American Indian children were being removed from their homes and communities at a much higher rate than non-Native children. ICWA established standards for the placement of Indian children in foster and adoptive homes and enabled Tribes and families to be involved in child welfare cases. Find resources related to ICWA, including Tribal, State, and local examples .
These communities have suffered greatly from many laws and ACTS that removed children from their communities. This resulted in many children being removed from their Tribes via religion, Boarding schools, adoption and protective services. These efforts are contributing to the continued genocide of these people. Each community has its own historical trauma and history of the government attempting to assimilate their children into society at the complete loss of their culture and identity. They will always come for the children so it is very important for use to understand the tools they use when they come.
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Cindi Wood, JD and John Chambers, JD, both attorneys from Casper, Wyoming with experience representing parents in child welfare cares, will present an overview of the Guidelines for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse, Neglect, and Termination of Parental Rights Cases. The Guidelines are available online on the CJP website - www.courts.state.wy.us/CJP.aspx. The Guidelines for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse, Neglect, and Termination of Parental Rights Cases have been developed with CJP support and adopted by the Wyoming Children’s Justice Project Advisory Council. Both Ms. Wood and Mr. Chambers served on the CJP Parent Legal Representation Committee that drafted the Guidelines. Presentation handouts will be available at the CJP Training Series tab one day prior to the session, at the same site, under the “CJP Training Series” tab.
Dona Playton, Faculty Supervisor of the Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Clinic, Assistant Faculty Supervisor of the Legal Services Programs, and Assistant Lecturer at the University Of Wyoming College Of Law, will present an overview of this important component of child welfare proceedings. Her presentation will serve as introduction to Part 2 in the series, which will cover the Guidelines for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse, Neglect, and Termination of Parental Rights Cases, being released by the Wyoming Children’s Justice Project in January. Ms. Playton will focus upon why having the Practice Guidelines is important and how parent representation is similar and different from other types of legal representation.
Dan Wilde, J.D., Director of the Wyoming Guardian ad Litem Division, will provide a presentation on important special education issues in Wyoming child welfare cases, such as child-find and continuous evaluations. The presentation will include an overview of relevant laws affecting the education of foster care youth, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
2013 Child Welfare Law Update
Jill Kucera, Senior Assistant Attorney General, will present a session entitled “2013 Child Welfare Law Update: A review of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on ICWA, Wyoming Supreme Court decisions and 2013 statutes that affect Wyoming children and their families."
Tune in to hear what has occurred recently with respect to child welfare law in the State of Wyoming.
Jill Kucera, J.D., Senior Assistant Wyoming Attorney General will present a session entitled "2014 Child Welfare Law Update". This episode will include a review of recent Wyoming Supreme Court decisions and 2014 statutes that affect Wyoming children and their families.
Duane and guest Angela Sherigan, a judge with the Little River Band of Ottawas in Michagan, discuss the issues relative to Indian children and the federal Indian Child Welfare Act. NOTE: The content of this show is for informational purposes only, and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice offered by a licensed attorney.
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Tonight's show is a condensed, pre-recorded episode, as Jay Davis will be busy celebrating his latest birthday. Or will he be? Ernie the Intern presents our host with a Birtday Cake and Jay Davis is just crazy enough to try it! Tune in for the 30 minute, Jay Davis Solo Birthday Special!!!
May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. During National Foster Care Month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the nearly 400,000 children and youth in foster care, and we celebrate all those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.
About Sue Badeau:
Love children (mom to 22, grand mom to 35, great grandmom to 7!) chocolate, camping, road-trips, writing, reading mysteries and more, standing up and speaking up for those without a voice. I have worked in children's services, policy and advocacy for 35 years. Married to my best friend, I divide my time between my home and kids in Philadelphia and traveling to speak and teach on the topics I am passionate about - healing and hope for children who have experienced trauma, foster care, adoption, permanent families for all kids, and more. My faith is my rock. After the 3rd of our 3 terminally ill children passed away in 2012 we decided the time had come to write our story and so we are proud and excited to share "Are We There Yet? The Ultimate Road Trip Adopting & Raising 22 Kids" with you all!
On Parent Unafraid Episode IV: A New Hope, Jay Davis returns from presenting the Inagural Parent Unafraid Biggest Son of a Bitch Award to winner, Darth Vandersloot. What stories will he bring upon his return? Certainly stories that you won't want to miss. And, after some technical training and with the benefit of some early preparation, Parent Unafraid is proud to announce that tomorrow's episode, Episode IV: A New Hope, will be the first error free, difficulty free and smoothest running episode so far. So tune in. It's guaranteed to be 150% better than Episode III... Guaranteed.
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