Hawaiian High Court: Parents’ Right to Counsel Starts At First Filing
Bar Association Report: Funding Shifts Greatly Affect Legal Counsel for Kids, Parents
Research has shown that quality legal representation on behalf of all parties in the child welfare system improves the outcome for children and families alike. But until now, little research has been conducted on just how funding affects the ability to provide quality legal services.
New Funding Rule Aims to Boost Effectiveness of Legal Counsel in Dependency Cases
In late 2018, the U.S. Children’s Bureau opened up the federal tap for an oft-underfunded corner of the child welfare system: legal counsel for parents, or children, involved in dependency court cases.
Michigan Rolls Out Plan to Expand, Improve Legal Counsel in Child Welfare Court
Michigan’s child welfare agency announced that it will work with any interested local court system to help access new federal funds available for the legal representation of parents and children in child welfare courts.
Hearings: More Money for Legal Counsel Won’t Fix Broken Court Processes
A recent policy change at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now allows for child welfare systems to draw federal funds to help pay for the legal counsel of all children and birth parents involved in the child welfare systems.
Top New York Judge Endorses Call to Address “Crisis” in Parent Legal Representation
Just months after a new offer of federal funding to help represent parents in child welfare cases, a commission established by New York’s chief judge has called for statewide guarantees of well-funded legal counsel and a state-level office to ensure that promise is being lived up to.
New Funding for Counsel Now, Big Child Welfare Savings Later
Kudos to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for the new IV-E policy change allowing states to claim reimbursement for parents’ and children’s representation. It shows great foresight and will generate many benefits.
In Court, Children are Unseen and Unheard
My 16-year old client – a young woman who had already spent several years in foster care – just wanted to share her story in court. She hoped to tell the judge the ways in which group home staff were mistreating her.
Lawsuit Seeks Constitutional Right to Counsel for Kids in Three Indiana Counties
In a lawsuit that could theoretically set a precedent for legal guarantees in child welfare proceedings, a team of lawyers wants to force three Indiana counties to provide lawyers to all youth involved with the child welfare system.