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Dona Playton, J.D., University of Wyoming College of Law, will present “Overlap of Domestic Violence and Child Protection.” Domestic violence, child abuse and juvenile delinquency are so intertwined that it is imperative we have the knowledge and strategies to address them. This presentation will describe the risks to children who live in homes where domestic violence is present, as well as interventions and strategies to end the cycle of violence and keep children and adult victims safe.
Margaret A. Burt, Esq., Child Welfare Attorney and Consultant, will deliver a 1 hour presentation on "Working with Incarecerated Parents" as part of the Wyoming Supreme Court Children's Justice Project (CJP) monthly training series.
Guardianships: Wyoming Law / Nuts and Bolts. Presented by Shawnna Herron, J.D., Wyoming Attorney General's Office. This program will address the option of guardianship for children in custody of the Wyoming DFS. The audience will learn about the Wyoming law and nuts and bolts of guardianship as a possible pathway to permanency. They will learn about the situations that are appropriate for guardianship, avoiding the pitfalls of guardianship, who can petition for guardianship, where to file for guardianship, who consents to guardianship, the differences of the various types of guardianship (e.g. temporary and permanent), subsidized guardianship, and the dissolution of guardianship.
The Wyoming Children's Justice Project will host a training titled "Children in Court (2014)". This presentation will included updated information about the importance of children and youth attendance at court hearings.
Dan Wilde, J.D., Director of the Wyoming Guardian ad Litem Program will provide an overview of the current Wyoming Guardian ad Litem Policy on Children in Court (Policy G).
Linda Britton, J.D., Center for Children and the Law, American Bar Association, will provide information about ways to meaningfully involve children in their court hearings and why it is important. The presentation will include (1) an overview of the data demonstrating positive outcomes for children who participate in court (2) an overview of legal and judicial resources developed to encourage meaningful and appropriate ways to involve youth in court hearings and case planning; and (3) a segment on “top concerns” and suggested solutions to actual or perceived barriers around children and youth participating in court hearings.
Steven Dreher, Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Information and Technology Officer, will provide a brief update about district court video-conferencing capabilities.
The Wyoming Children's Justice Project will host a training titled, "Permanency Hearings". Monique McBride Meese, J.D., Senior Assistant District Attorney for Laramie County and Deborah Roden, J.D., Laramie County Guardian ad Litem with Woodhouse Roden Nethercott, LLC and the Wyoming Guardian ad Litem Program, will provide important information about permanency hearings. This presentation will provide a review of the Wyoming statutes related to permanency hearings and discuss important aspects of the permanency hearing, including evidentiary considerations.
Permanency Roundtable 101: A representative from Casey Family Programs will provide an overview of Permanency Roundtables (PRTs). What is a PRT? What can I expect from the PRT process? What is my role in a PRT (prosecutors, GALs, parents' attorneys, caseworkers, family members, and service providers)? Where are PRTs being held in Wyoming? For additional information, please go to: http://www.casey.org/Resources/Initiatives/PermanencyRoundtables/
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.
Heidi Redlich Epstein, JD, MSW, Director of Kinship Policy ABA Center on Children and the Law
Stephanie Boyd Serafin, ACSW, Associate Director, National Resource Center on Permanency and Family Connections
Best practices and the recent research for foster care and non-foster care relative placements including the current trends and pros and cons of these placements.
Federal and state statutes on requirements for foster care and non-foster care kinship placements and the legal rights of relative caregivers.
Chandra Wyman, Executive Director, CASA of Natrona County, and Cynthia Sweet, a Wyoming Guardian ad Litem in Casper, will discuss the role of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Wyoming’s Juvenile Court proceedings. The Wyoming State Bar has approved this program for 1 CLE.
Rule 8 if the Wyoming Rules of Procedures for Juvenile Courts states that Juvenile Courts may appoint a CASA to serve the best interests of a child in abuse and neglect actions. There are CASA programs in five of the state’s Judicial Districts. Director Wyman and GAL Sweet will discuss how well-trained CASA volunteers focus upon ensuring that children don’t get lost in the legal and social service systems, and upon advocating for their interests until they have safe and permanent homes.
The handouts for this presentation are available on the Children’s Justice Project site, www.courts.state.wy.us/CJP.aspx , under the CJP Training Series Tab.
The April 11, 2013 program is a repeat of the March 14 program, which was not available due to technical problems. CJP apologizes to all for the inconvenience.
Steve Corsi, Psy. D., Director, Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS), and Dr. Marty Nelson, DFS Clinical Services Division Administrator, will present “Trends in Youth Residential Treatment 1999-2012” on the March 14, 2013 Children’s Justice Project Permanency Series on BlogTalkRadio. The Wyoming State Bar has approved this presentation for 1 CLE credit.
Director Corsi and Dr. Nelson will discuss research relating the length of stay in residential care to positive outcomes for youth who are placed in residential treatment centers (RTCs). Their presentation will cover best practices in residential care including high levels of family participation and a strong focus upon discharge planning with an emphasis on community supports.
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.
DFS White Paper: Trends in Youth Residential Treatment 1999 – 2012 Best practices relating to placing children in residential care
Steve Corsi, Psy. D., Director, Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS), and Dr. Marty Nelson, DFS Clinical Services Division Administrator, will present “Trends in Youth Residential Treatment 1999-2012” on the March 14, 2013 Children’s Justice Project Permanency Series on BlogTalkRadio.
Director Corsi and Dr. Nelson will discuss research relating the length of stay in residential care to positive outcomes for youth who are placed in residential treatment centers (RTCs). Their presentation will cover additional best practices in residential care including high levels of family participation and a strong focus upon discharge planning with an emphasis on community supports.
This research and the fact that Wyoming ties with Colorado for placing the highest percentage of its children/youth in residential treatment has led the Department to begin taking steps toward improving RTC outcomes and building community supports. Director Corsi will review these plans and answer questions and hear comments from those who participate in the session.
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