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Saturday, November 9 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
When CPS Knocks: Leveraging the Family First Act to Support Holistic Legal Advocacy

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When CPS arrives at a family’s doorstep, its legal aid attorney or public defender may be the first line of support. How might practitioners help clients navigate this often scary and daunting process? To provide effective advice and assistance, practitioners must be familiar with the recently passed Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) and its implications for parents, kinship caregivers, and youth. The presenters will introduce the FFPSA legal framework, with particular attention to new incentives for child protection agencies to prioritize research-based prevention strategies and family integrity. Attendees will learn practice resources for integrated legal advocacy, including a Legal Guide to FFPSA. The workshop will also review FFPSA elements relevant to older youth experiencing child welfare systems – including restrictions around use of congregate care. This discussion will be particularly applicable to advocates interested in an aligned effort to keep court-involved youth living with family and out of harmful placements.

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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 →

Beth Kurtz

Attorney, ABA Center on Children and the Law
Beth Kurtz joined the ABA Center on Children and the Law in March 2019. Before that, she was a supervising attorney at Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., where she managed attorneys representing children in abuse and neglect cases and carried a limited caseload herself... Read More →

Jeyanthi Rajaraman

Chief Counsel, Legal Services of New Jersey, Inc.
Jeyanthi Rajaraman is the chief counsel and chief attorney of Legal Services of New Jersey’s Family Representation Project (FRP). The FRP provides parents in child abuse or neglect and termination of parental rights litigation with information, advice, and representation. Additionally... Read More →

Saturday November 9, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Nicolet B 5th Floor