ABA Teleconference Series: Youth Transitioning from Foster Care to Adulthood
Beginning in September 2016, the American Bar Association Children’s Rights Litigation Section and Juvenile Law Center hosted a series of free teleconference programs focused on the issue of youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood. The ABA convened experts from across the country to discuss the various issues in a five-part series, “Assuring a Successful Transition.” Each session provides an in-depth discussion between experts aimed at providing an overview of youth transitioning from care, the role of lawyers and the courts, legal issues facing transitioning youth, transition planning for special populations, and permanency and connections for transitioning youth.
One and a half hour of free Texas MCLE credit is available for each of the five on-demand replays for a total of 7.5 hours, which can be accessed below. Handouts from each of the replays is available by request, however, are state specific. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting the specific session and handouts you wish to receive.
To claim MCLE credit, please email email@example.com at the conclusion of the replay.
This program begins the series with panelists providing an overview of the issue including defining transitioning youth and discussion of federal law governing the transitioning youth population. Panelists also discuss how different states have approached extended foster care, the number of youth in care after the age of 18, and general issues surrounding the legal representation of this unique population.
The second program in this series focuses on the legal representation of youth, pre- and post-aging out of care, by examining the role of the attorney, and whether that role changes once the youth turns 18. The panel also discusses the role of the court and the role of the lawyer in transition planning.
The third program in this series focuses on the legal issues facing youth as they prepare to transition from care and how lawyers can help ensure effective transition plans. The panel also discusses overlapping issues such as criminal justice, education, housing, reproductive health, and more. Finally, the issue of training and support needed for lawyers (including pro bono) representing transitioning youth is discussed.
The fourth program in this series focuses on transition planning for special populations including LGBTQ youth, pregnant and parenting youth, and youth with a disability.
The fifth and final program in this series explores youth transitioning from foster care to permanency, and resources available for transitioning youth. Panelists discuss various means of permanency for older youth including adoptions, guardianships, reunification with family, connections to caring adults, and more. Panelists discuss the impact of peer mentors as an effective strategy for ensuring that permanency is prioritized for older youth and that they are actively involved in all aspects of defining and achieving permanency.
Video: Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Children and Youth in Foster Care
Following the Trauma-Informed Care survey and report issued last year by Texas CASA, the Children’s Commission, in partnership with Texas CASA and the Shield Ayers Foundation, created a one-hour training to help introduce trauma-informed care to Attorneys ad Litem, Guardians ad Litem and CASA volunteers. The presentation includes strategies for advocating for children in courtrooms, schools, and placements to meet each child’s unique needs. There is also discussion about how trauma influences a child’s ability to communicate about the case and how to appropriately respond to a child's trauma-related behaviors. This training was recorded in front of a live audience at the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse on September 27, 2016, and was presented by Elizabeth Watkins, JD, Regional Attorney for the Department of Family and Protective Services.
One-hour of MCLE credit is available for this on-demand presentation which can be accessed below:
PowerPoint Presentation: Trauma-Informed Advocacy
To claim MCLE credit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Texas Bar CLE Adds CPS to list of Practice Areas for Online CLE
CPS-related law and legal issues are now a searchable category on the Texas Bar CLE's list of practice areas.
To link directly to a list of all MCLE courses offered through Texas Bar CLE that pertain to legal representation of all parties on the CPS docket and related issues in CPS cases, please click below to access the Texas Bar CLE Online Classroom and select "CPS":
The following are some of the webinars that may be currently offered by Texas Bar CLE in their online classroom of CPS-related CLEs.
- Advocating for Youth Aging Out of the Texas Foster Care System
- Child Abuse & Neglect Workshop from 2016 Advanced Family Law Conference
- Representing a Teen Parent in a CPS Case
- Representing Children in CPS Cases
- Representing Texas Parents in Abuse and Neglect Cases
- Resources and Procedures for Representing Crossover Youth with Disabilities
- Special Education Advocacy for Kids in the Foster Care System
- Trial Skills in the CPS Case
- Moving from Ordinary to Extraordinary Representation in CPS Cases
- Child Protection Legislative Update - 84th Legislative Session
- Thinking Ahead: Dealing with Appeals Issues in CPS Cases
- Effective Representation of Children and Aged Out Foster Youth: Beyond the Basics
- Tips and Traps from Appointment Through Trial: Effective Representation of a Parent in a CPS Case;
- Special Issues in CPS Parent Representation
Additional webinars are added to the CPS online library periodically, while others may rotate off this list as they become outdated.
Although the courses in the CPS online library of Texas Bar CLE list registration fees, they are free for judges, and reduced fees are available for lawyers who agree to take court appointments in CPS Cases. These attorneys can apply for a reduced fee by selecting an option when registering for the webinar that gives a discount at checkout.
For attorneys representing the state or the DFPS, there are scholarships available through the Children’s Commission and through the Bar for attorneys who represent the State of Texas and need financial assistance to access this online training.
To register for any CLE course, one must be a registered user of the State Bar's website. Anyone can become a registered user for free by creating an account (logon ID and password) without having to be a member of the State Bar of Texas. Select one of the deduction options which applies to you at the CLE checkout.
These webinars listed in the CPS practice area of the online classroom of Texas Bar CLE may be considered in some jurisdictions to meet the statutory three hour education requirements in Texas Family Code Sections 107.004 and 107.0131 for attorneys to qualify for court appointments on child protection dockets or to qualify to remain on a court-appointed list.
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Recent Additions to CPS-related CLE Courses in the Texas Bar CLE Online Classroom:
The Children's Commission recently developed the following CPS-specific trainings in partnership with the State Bar of Texas. On August 23 and September 19, 2016, Commission Staff worked with a total of 11 speakers to produce and tape 6 hours of MCLE content at the State Bar studio. These MCLEs have since been archived on the Texas Bar CLE website. They are entitled as follows: “Effective Representation of Children and Aged Out Foster Youth: Beyond the Basics;” “Tips and Traps from Appointment Through Trial: Effective Representation of a Parent in a CPS Case;” and “Special Issues in CPS Parent Representation.”
Upcoming Additions to the CPS Practice Area of the Texas Bar CLE Online Classroom:
With thanks to the SBOT and Texas Bar CLE, the 2017 annual day of MCLE live webcast taping reserved for the Children’s Commission at the State Bar of Texas is scheduled for August 29, 2017. Updates to this webpage about the topics, speakers, and how to register for the live webcasts will be provided as available.