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Recording from Webinar: “Court-Based Child Welfare Reforms: Improved Child/Family Outcomes and Potential Cost Savings”

View the presentation from our September 5th webinar, Court-Based Child Welfare Reforms: Improved Child/Family Outcomes and Potential Cost Savings, below. You can follow along with the audio recording with the audio player beneath the presentation.

The corresponding brief can be found here.

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Upcoming Webinar: Court-Based Child Welfare Reforms: Improved Child/Family Outcomes and Potential Cost Savings

Dear Colleagues,

We wanted to follow up with the release of “Court-Based Child Welfare Reforms: Improved Child/Family Outcomes and Potential Cost Savings,” to let you know that SPARC and the ABA Center on Children and the Law will be co-hosting a webinar on Thursday, September 5, 2012 from 3:00-4:00pm EST to accompany this brief.

The speakers will include:

Judge Erica Yew, Judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court, Santa Clara, CA

Anne Marie Lancour, Director of State Projects, ABA Center on Children and the Law

Joanne Moore, Director, Washington State Office of Public Defense

Authored by Liz Thornton, Staff Attorney for the ABA Center on Children and the Law, “Court-Based Child Welfare Reforms: Improved Child/Family Outcomes and Potential Cost Savings,” focuses on ways that court-based child welfare reforms can have an impact on child welfare outcomes and costs.

Most children placed in foster care will have contact with the state child welfare court system. These courts play a key role in ensuring children’s safety, timely permanency, and well-being. Prompt and thoughtful court decisions have a large impact on children in foster care. Courts serve as a check and balance on the child welfare agency’s decisions and can be a problem-solving resource for families.

The brief describes court-based child welfare reforms that result in improved outcomes for children and families, and potential state/local agency cost savings. Additionally, the brief discusses promising practices, such as reforms that have yet to be formally evaluated with respect to improved outcomes and cost-savings, but show promise based on initial data and anecdotal evidence.

The brief can be accessed here.

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ABA 2013 National Conference on Children and the Law – Save the Date!

 

For more information, contact Elizabeth Thornton at elizabeth.thornton@americanbar.org

 

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New Policy Brief: Court-Based Child Welfare Reforms: Improved Child/Family Outcomes and Potential Cost Savings

We’re pleased to share with you the third in a series of upcoming policy briefs, “Court-Based Child Welfare Reforms: Improved Child/Family Outcomes and Potential Cost Savings,” co-released by SPARC and the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law. Authored by Liz Thornton, Staff Attorney for the ABA Center on Children and the Law, the brief focuses on ways that court-based child welfare reforms can have an impact on child welfare outcomes and costs.

Most children placed in foster care will have contact with the state child welfare court system. These courts play a key role in ensuring children’s safety, timely permanency, and well-being. Prompt and thoughtful court decisions have a large impact on children in foster care. Courts serve as a check and balance on the child welfare agency’s decisions and can be a problem-solving resource for families. 

The brief describes court-based child welfare reforms that result in improved outcomes for children and families, and potential state/local agency cost savings. Additionally, the brief discusses promising practices, such as reforms that have yet to be formally evaluated with respect to improved outcomes and cost-savings, but show promise based on initial data and anecdotal evidence.

The brief can be downloaded here.

 

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