(Recorded February 9, 2018)

Course Description: The statewide Juvenile Dependency Mediation Program (JDMP) was launched in July 2016. The purpose of the Program is to improve system processing of dependency cases; thereby decreasing time to permanency and termination of parental rights (TPR). In so doing, it helps stabilize children’s lives by getting them into safe, secure, and permanent homes in a timely manner consistent with the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. This course provides an overview of the Juvenile Dependency Mediation Program, its purposes and processes and basic tips and strategies to ensure successful participation in juvenile dependency mediations.

This course is designed for dependency court judiciary and stakeholders.

Faculty: Margaret Crowley, Esq., Crowley Mediation and Director, Juvenile Dependency Mediation Program

Continuing Education Credit: 1.5 CLE (Certificate of Completion required to receive continuing legal/judicial education credit.) NOTE: CLE credit for this course is approved through December 31, 2021 and then will be stale dated.

(Recorded July 25, 2017)

Course Description: The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was passed in 1978 after two years of Congressional hearings determined that Native children were being removed from their families and communities at disproportionately high rates. Since passage, courts around the country have struggled to understand the intent of the law and inconsistent implementation has left many individuals and families feeling frustrated and unable to trust the system. Many workers assigned to ICWA cases have felt similar frustration as terms like “active efforts” and “good cause” have not been adequately defined. In December 2016, federal regulations went into effect adding new requirements for judges. These are the first legally-binding changes since the law was passed. 

This training will cover some of the reasons why this law was passed and why it remains important 39 years later. The first module will provide context and personal accounts of why Congress determined that ICWA was needed and shed light on the intent of the law. The second module will go into both statutory and regulatory language, highlighting new definitions and new findings judges must make on the record in order to be in compliance with the federal regulations. The third module will include case scenarios that will help resolve some of the ambiguities and confusions around the legal requirements.

This course is designed for dependency court judiciary and stakeholders.

Faculty: Victoria Sweet, JD, Program Attorney, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Continuing Education Credit: 2.0 CLE upon completion of Introduction and Modules 1-3. (Certificate of Completion required to receive continuing legal/judicial education credit.) NOTE: CLE credit for this course is approved through December 31, 2020 and then will be stale dated.