Tool Kit for Attorneys Representing Parents and Children in Child Welfare Cases. 2022 version

Letter from the Executive Director
Letter from the Executive Director
Legal Essentials
Overview: Child Welfare Case Flow Chart
Duties of Parents' and Children's Attorneys
Burden of Proof
Best Interest of the Child
Pleading Practice
Motion Practice
Termination Grounds
Evidentiary Issues
Investigations & Alternatives to Removal
Investigations & Alternatives to Removal of a Child
Court-Ordered Services
Statutory Hearings
Hearings at a Glance
Judicial Hearing Check Lists
Ex Parte Hearings
Adversary Hearings
Status Hearing
Permanency Hearing Before Final Order
Dismissal Date Issues
Transition or Monitored Return Chart
Final Hearing
Permanency Hearing After Final Order
Concurrent Issues
Reasonable Efforts
Medical Abuse and Neglect Allegations
Children's Attorney Issues
Child Well-Being
Interviewing the Child Client
Children Without Placement (CWOP)
Children with Disabilities
Dual Status Youth
Psychotropic Medication Parameters for Children
Older Youth in Foster Care
Child Turns 18 While in PMC or TMC Chart
Parent's Attorney Issues
Child Support and Kinship Support
Inability to Care & Parents with Disabilities
Incarcerated Parents
Parents with an Open Criminal Case
Reinstatement of Parental Rights
Trauma-Informed Advocacy
Using a Trauma-Informed Lens for Interacting with Clients
Federal Law
Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
Interstate Placements (ICPC)
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
School Stability Under Federal & State Law
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Acronyms & Abbreviations
Additional Resources
Additional Resources