Cornerstone Advocacy in the 1st 60 Days: Achieving Safe & Lasting Reunification for Families

“Cornerstone Advocacy” is a promising approach to supporting family reunification that involves intensive advocacy during the first 60 days of a child welfare case. This issue of the Best Practice Bulletin summarizes key elements of the Cornerstone approach, and the use of preliminary conferences to ensure timely and well-informed decisions regarding placement, visiting and services.

Cornerstone Advocacy was introduced to a national audience in an article by the New York City Center for Family Representation’s Jillian Cohen and Michele Cortese that appeared in the May 2009 issue of the American Bar Association’s publication Child Law Practice.