COVID-19 and Child Welfare Cases.
American Bar Association (ABA).
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Published: April 9, 2020
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This 1-hour webinar highlights the federal government's recent guidance on emerging legal issues in child welfare cases in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar is intended to help attorneys and judges apply that guidance in case-by-case decision-making on topics like visitation and family time, access to services in the case plan, due process and civil rights protections during remote court hearings, reasonable efforts findings, family reunification, termination of parental rights timelines, and other important aspects of a child welfare legal proceedings that may be affected by the pandemic. Following an introduction by Judy Perry Martinez, the President of the American Bar Association, the webinar features the following panelists: Dr. Jerry Milner D.S.W., Associate Commissioner, Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services; Judge Ernestine Gray, Orleans Parish; Chair, ABA Commission on Youth at Risk; David Kelly, Special Advisor, Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services; and Kathleen Creamer, Managing Attorney, Family Advocacy Unit, Philadelphia Community Legal Services. (Author abstract modified)
COVID-19; remote service delivery; remote visitation; communicable diseases; shelter in place order; legal services; child advocacy; lawyers role; child welfare services; child welfare laws; guidelines; foster children; family courts