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Youth Services Insider

3/18/2021

Hawaiian High Court: Parents’ Right to Counsel Starts At First Filing
Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo credit: John Fowler

Parents in child welfare cases in Hawaii have significantly stronger rights to counsel as a result of a new ruling from the state’s Supreme Court.

2/21/2021

The Lawyer Illusion in Child Welfare Court
Too often, judges assume that the mere presence of legal counsel for parents in child welfare court means the system wasn't making mistakes.

10/12/2020

A County-Tribal Partnership to Improve Family Experience with Courts

A Minnesota tribal community and county have announced a partnership that aims to better serve Native parents and kids in family and criminal cases through more coordinated court processing.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Itasca County, located in northern Minnesota, will design and pilot family-centered solutions for people in criminal or dependency court cases.

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9/16/2020

Study Shows Why Quality Legal Representation is Key in Parent/Child Reunions

Last year, New York researchers determined that when parents have a child in foster care and are represented by teams of lawyers working in tandem with social workers and parent advocates, they were reunited with their child about four months sooner than those who were represented by a solo practitioner.

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7/16/2020

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.

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7/1/2020

Iowa Law to Test the Benefit of Early Legal Help in Child Welfare Cases

Iowa aims to find out if giving families in crisis early access to lawyers would improve outcomes, rather than being assigned a public defender only after a child is removed and enters the foster care system. 

5/17/2020

Reimagining Courts As Dispensers of Justice After Coronavirus

During a recent training, a judge showed us a glimpse of his future courtroom and what awaits us when juvenile courts reopen.

A plexiglass shield will separate the judge from the litigants.

5/8/2020

Public Defender Fights Blanket Ban on Supervised Family Visits

Accusing Illinois state officials of disregarding the rights of families during the coronavirus pandemic, a top public defender has taken the extraordinary step of fighting for a temporary restraining order against the Department of Children and Family Services, which has barred most family visits.

4/28/2020

In Child Welfare Cases, Just Any Old Lawyer Won’t Do

During a virtual town hall last week, parents asked gut-wrenching questions to child welfare leadership.

“When can I see my kids again?”

“I was having unsupervised visits with them. Why can’t they come live with me?”