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Friday, November 8 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Legal Representation for Parents and Children: Preventing Entry into the Foster Care System

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Children often enter foster care because collateral legal issues, like housing, public benefits, or custody, are unresolved. A growing body of research demonstrates that high-quality legal advocacy may be one of the most effective ways to keep families together. In December 2018, the federal government opened a new and historic funding pathway to support legal representation for children in foster care and their parents, as well as “candidates” for foster care. Across the country, civil legal service providers and public defenders are partnering with child welfare agencies to leverage this opportunity, meet the needs of families, and keep kids at home. This session will explore this growing trend, introduce new Title IV-E expansion for legal representation, explain how legal aid programs can be involved in accessing this funding in their state, and highlight examples of effective programs from the field.

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Casey Chiappetta

Senior Program Associate, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
A member of NLADA’s Legal Services team, Casey works on NLADA’s Project to Advance Civil Legal Aid Collaborations, helping to increase non-LSC federal funding that supports civil legal aid’s ability to build and sustain cross-sector collaborations to serve low-income and vulnerable... Read More →
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Michael Figgins

Executive Director, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Michael Figgins received his B.A. from Arizona State University in 1977, and his J.D. from the School of Law at Gonzaga University in 1980. Michael has spent 33 of his years in practice as an attorney providing legal services to the poor. He has practiced as both a staff attorney... Read More →
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Bob Gillett

Volunteer, Michigan Advocacy Program
Bob Gillett retired as the executive director of the Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP) in December 2018. MAP is a regional LSC-funded program and also provides administrative support to six statewide programs. Mr. Gillett has been directly involved in advocacy to preserve and reunify... Read More →
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Allison Greene

Legal Director, National Association of Counsel for Children
Allison Green is the Legal Director at the National Association of Counsel for Children, where she manages the organization’s policy advocacy and provides technical assistance to child welfare practitioners nationwide. Previously, she served as a Foster America Fellow at Missouri's... Read More →
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Karen Lash

Senior Fellow, NLADA Mutual
Karen A. Lash is a senior fellow at American Progress. Lash previously served in the Obama administration in leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office for Access to Justice and as the first executive director of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EST
Duluth AB 5th Floor