Resources include training curricula and materials for child welfare caseworkers on the role of the courts in the child welfare system, including information on court processes, effective collaboration, testifying in court, and more. Resources include State and local examples.
Collaboration on the CFSR
National Child Welfare Research Center on Legal and Judicial Issues
Identifies methods for increasing collaboration between child welfare agencies and family courts during the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) process.
Collaboration with the Courts (PDF - 273 KB)
Institute for Child and Family Policy, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service (2004)
Examines the roles and responsibilities of the court and the child welfare system for child protection cases and offers tips for collaboration.
Ensuring the Healthy Development of Infants in Foster Care: A Guide for Judges, Advocates and Child Welfare Professionals (PDF - 6,856 KB)
Dicker & Gordon (2004)
Describes how to ensure that children receive necessary services by integrating assessment into the permanency planning process.
Ensuring the Wellbeing of Children and Youth in Foster Care Through Effective Partnerships Between State and Court Systems [Teleconference]
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2006)
Addresses collaboration between the courts and the foster care system.
Juvenile Dependency Hearings
California Center for Judicial Education and Research (2007)
Focuses on the types and sequence of juvenile dependency hearings, the necessary findings at each hearing, and the terminology used in the proceedings.
Legal Resource Manual for Foster Parents Curriculum
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2005)
Designed to educate foster parents about legal processes so they can effectively advocate for themselves and the children in their care.
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Bureau
Jones, William G.
Download (PDF - 8,051KB)
Youth in Court Training and Technical Assistance Package
American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
Describes resources offered by the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues as part of the Bar-Youth Empowerment Project to provide judges, lawyers, CASAs, social workers, foster parents, and all other stakeholders with effective strategies and practices to enhance the involvement of youth in court.
Finding Words: Interviewing and Preparing Children for Court
Ohio Child and Elder Protection Section, National Child Protection Training Center, National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, Center for Child and Family Advocacy, & CornerHouse (2005)
Includes a 5-day training curriculum for Ohio child welfare workers focusing on interviewing children and preparing for a child abuse court case.
A National Curriculum for Caseflow Management in Juvenile Dependency Cases Involving Foster Care (PDF - 260 KB)
Fostering Results, Justice Management Institute, & The JERITT Project (2005)
Presents a curriculum specifically geared for use with multidisciplinary, interagency teams of practitioners dealing with juvenile dependency cases involving children in foster care.
Testifying in Court: A Guide for Child Protective Service Workers
Arizona State University School of Social Work (2007)
Provides a DVD and discussion guide preparing child protective services workers for testifying in dependency cases.
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