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2011 Lecture Series

Ethics, Best Practices, or Both? Ethical Dilemmas in Child Welfare Cases for the Nebraska GAL

Description: Your child client who is in foster care tells you that his mother was drunk during the last home visit but does not want you to tell anyone because he wants to return home soon - what should you do? The foster care mother calls you and says that the police are at her home and are about to talk to your child client, who is in foster care due to parental neglect, about some neighborhood burglaries - what should you do? This half day session brought about relevant and practical discussion of actual issues that Nebraska GALs face in their daily practice.

Trainer: Margaret A. Burt is an attorney in private practice in Rochester, New York. For thirty one years she has specialized in the representation of children, adults and child welfare agencies in trial court and appellate practice. A substantial amount of her practice involves consulting and training for lawyers, judges, caseworkers and service providers all around the country in the areas of child abuse and neglect, permanency for foster children, the termination of parental rights, adoptions and trial techniques. She provides national and local training on such issues as the Adoption and Safe Families Act, the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Multi- Ethnic Placement Act, confidentiality, the representation of children and trial techniques. She also consults on legislation connected to child welfare issues.

This training was held live in Omaha on June 13th, in Lincoln on June 14th, and in North Platte on June 15th

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Effective & Ethical Representation of Very Young Children in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases

Description:This full-day training was a practice-focused, hands on experience for attorneys interested in improving their representation of infants, toddlers and preschoolers in child abuse and neglect proceedings. The training focused on what every lawyer should know about very young children in dependency proceedings, how best to fulfill the child advocacy role in the context of early child development and ethical challenges and considerations when representing infants, toddlers and preschoolers. With the emphasis on gaining useful practice experience and tools, the training format primarily involved small group work, role play and mock hearings centered around a number of case studies.

Trainer: Candice L. Maze, JD has worked for more than a decade in the child welfare arena. A lawyer and president of Maze Consulting, Inc., Ms. Maze provides targeted training, programmatic consultation, strategic planning and meeting facilitation, publication development, project management and data analysis for courts, agencies and organizations that interface with the child welfare system. She has previously served as Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Community Based Care Alliance, Executive Director of the Dependency Court Intervention Program for Family Violence, Program Director of Lawyers for Children America, Inc. (Miami office) and Staff Attorney for the Miami Guardian Ad Litem Program. Ms. Maze has authored and co-authored a variety of publications and presents locally and nationally on topics related to improving practice, systems and outcomes for children and families involved with the child welfare system. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and two daughters.

This training was held live in Omaha on May 17th.

The Hallmarks of Effective, Ethical Representation of Very Young Children in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases

Description:This three-hour training focused on what every lawyer should know about very young children in dependency proceedings, how best to fulfill the child advocacy role in the context of early child development and ethical challenges and considerations when representing infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Both lecture and case studies was used to ensure a dynamic and interactive training.

Trainer: Candice L. Maze, JD has worked for more than a decade in the child welfare arena. A lawyer and president of Maze Consulting, Inc., Ms. Maze provides targeted training, programmatic consultation, strategic planning and meeting facilitation, publication development, project management and data analysis for courts, agencies and organizations that interface with the child welfare system. She has previously served as Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Community Based Care Alliance, Executive Director of the Dependency Court Intervention Program for Family Violence, Program Director of Lawyers for Children America, Inc. (Miami office) and Staff Attorney for the Miami Guardian Ad Litem Program. Ms. Maze has authored and co-authored a variety of publications and presents locally and nationally on topics related to improving practice, systems and outcomes for children and families involved with the child welfare system. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and two daughters.

This live training was held on April 27 in Lexington

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Videos of the Session - From Lexington
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  8. Materials: Agenda, Presentation, Scenario 1, Scenario 2

Immigration Issues in Juvenile Court

Description: An all-day seminar led by UCLA Law Faculty Kristen Jackson addressing immigration issues for children in juvenile court. It covered the basics of immigration law and focus on forms of relief including Special Immigration Juvenile Status (SIJS). The intersection of juvenile delinquency and immigration was also covered, as was local and national immigration resources.

Trainer: Kristen Jackson is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Immigrants' Rights Project of Los Angeles-based non-profit Public Counsel. She represents abused, abandoned and neglected children eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in the delinquency, dependency, probate and adoption systems - before state courts, the immigration service, immigration courts and federal appellate courts. Kristen provides nationwide trainings and technical assistance on children's immigration issues with a focus on SIJS. She co-teaches UCLA School of Law's Immigration Law Clinic and recently co-authored Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Other Immigration Options for Children and Youth with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. She serves as an Asylum Liaison for the Southern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Before joining Public Counsel, Kristen clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a student director of the Advocacy for Parents and Children Clinic.

This live training was held May 3 in Grand Island and May 4 in Ashland.

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How do we achieve timely reunification and prevent re-entry? Getting substance abuse treatment right the first time

Description:This training included basics about drug testing, the interplay with mental health and domestic violence, and will make a case for taking a holistic approach to treating the substance abusing parent.

Trainer: Pamela Baston is a Consultant Liaison (CL) for the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW), and has been assigned to Nebraska for 18-months of in-depth technical assistance. Ms. Baston brings with her 31 years of experience in the prevention and treatment of substance abuse disorders, many years of which also involved experience with co-occurring mental health disorders. Ms. Baston's career has included years of direct service experience as well as serving as the Single State Authority (SSA) Director of Florida's publicly funded substance abuse prevention and treatment system. She is a Certified Addictions Professional (CAP), and a Certified Prevention Professional (CPP).

This live training was held in O'Neill on May 25th, South Sioux city on May 26th, and Lincoln on May 27th.

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  4. Materials: Agenda, Powerpoint