Contractor Survey and Resources

Dear RPCs,


Thanks and Save the Dates

Thanks to all of you who joined us in Steamboat for our 4th Annual Conference. It was great to see you and learn together! Save the date for next year – the ORPC’s 5th Annual Conference! We are close to sending out our request for proposals for venue space, so I would suggest you save some travel time for the weekend. September 11-14, 2020. Location to be determined!


Some of you know that the ABA hosted its first conference focused on interdisciplinary representation of parents last year in Chicago. Over 200 social workers, family advocates, parent advocates/peer mentors, parents’ attorneys and allies joined together from all over the country to focus on the work of the “team.” The 2nd conference of this kind will be hosted in Denver next year. Much more on that to come, including a call for proposals, but for now, please save the dates: Thursday May 21 – Friday May 22, 2020. We anticipate over 300 attendees nationwide. Space for Colorado attorneys will be limited.


Survey

The ORPC has only once before surveyed contractors, and we are interested in hearing from you. Here is a link to the survey that takes about 20 minutes to complete. I apologize for its length but we think it will be useful in directing priorities and making sure that we are supporting you in your practice. Please fill it out as soon as you can!


Caselaw Update

Judge Meinster from Jefferson County, Judge Furman, and Justice Boatright compile an annual caselaw update for Judicial Conference. To view the update, please click here.


Great Info from the ABA, Children’s Bureau and others

How to influence judges for your clients’ benefit in child welfare cases.


A new ABA policy, adopted by the ABA House of Delegates at the ABA Midyear Meeting in August, recognizes that children and parents have rights to family integrity and family unity. Its provisions emphasize the role of the legal system in efforts to preserve families and maintain family connectedness during child welfare system involvement.


The Center for Immigration Enforcement has prepared new guidelines for #childwelfare agencies to prepare for #immigration enforcement. The guidelines highlight the roles of child welfare agencies in enforcement situations, how to ensure the safety of affected children, and how to prevent unnecessary removal of children into the child welfare system.


The role of family and youth voices in a well-functioning child welfare system is critical. A new Information Memorandum (IM) from the federal Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau “strongly encourages all public child welfare agencies, dependency courts, and Court Improvement Programs to work together to ensure that family and youth voice are central in child welfare program planning and improvement efforts.”