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Judicial Training

The Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative hosted three webinars for judges that focused on issues in abuse/neglect cases.

What do the Nebraska appellate courts say about reasonable efforts in abuse/neglect cases? A review of appellate decisions

Held August 10, 2010

Sarah Helvey, Staff Attorney, Nebraska Appleseed
Gail Steen, Guardian ad Litem and Parents Attorney

Overview: This webinar addressed the findings made in Nebraska appellate decisions related to the federal and state statutory requirements that reasonable efforts be made to prevent removal of the children from the parental home and to reunify the children with the parent(s).

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Judicial Ethics in Child Welfare Cases

Held September 8, 2010

Judge Douglas Johnson, Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County

Overview: This webinar addressed ethical issues encountered in abuse/neglect cases. Special focus was given to ex parte communication, in chambers testimony and judicial action within a case.


How to Lead an Effective Multidisciplinary Court Team

Held November 17, 2010

Nancy Miller, Director, Permanency Planning for Children Department, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Overview: This webinar addressed the role of a judge as the leader of a multidisciplinary court team and how judges can ensure better outcomes from their teams' efforts through more effective leadership. Focus was on abuse/neglect multidisciplinary teams that are part of the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative.