Why Kids Need Lawyers: Representing Children in Child Welfare Proceedings

Production Date: October 05, 2016 Practice Areas: Family & Matrimonial Law and Public Interest Law Estimated Length: 5441 minutes


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When a parent is charged with abuse or neglect, courts make decisions that can change a child’s life forever. But who represents the child in the court proceedings? What does “representing” a child even look like? Are legal skills necessary to such representation, or does “lawyering” get in the way?

In this program, two New York City-based attorneys for children, Carolyn Silvers and Meridith Sopher of The Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice, examine the laws governing the representation of children in child welfare dependency proceedings and discuss why attorneys are critical to a just outcome in these cases. 

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the interests at stake for children whose parents are charged with abuse or neglect
  2. Review federal framework for the representation of children in child welfare dependency cases
  3. Gain insight as to the need for an attorney to represent the child in these cases
  4. Explore different models of child representation around the country and their due process implications
  5. Recognize the legal guidance for determining a child’s best interests, and the challenges inherent in that determination
  6. Understand the client-directed advocacy model used in New York and its benefits for all participants in the child welfare court proceeding

Lisa P.
Far Rockaway, NY


Robin L.
Great Neck, NY

Great session

Bosky K.
Palm Desert, CA


Paul S.
Wharton, TX

Very interesting presentation.

Michelle W.
Galt, CA

very insightful

Dorrie W.
Modesto, CA

These presenters were very careful in their advice, and I appreciate that. I have worked with many children over my 40 years in practice, and I agree with the advice and discussions in this program. Well worth the time.

Anne R.
West Allenhurst, NJ

Great course! lots of information!

Pat I.
Denville, NJ

Very good. Thank you.

Tara B.
Brooklyn, NY

This was one of the best CLEs I've listened to, on Lawline or anywhere. Substantive, thoughtful, engaging.

john t.
Richmond, VA

Content and discussion by presenter very good, dealing with legal issue and culture issues.

T William D.
Springfield, VA


Erin M.
Missoula, MT

Presenters and format excellent.

Tommy T.
Fayetteville, NC

This course is worth taking for just about any attorney, but especially for general practitioners.

Kevin M.
Glen Allen, VA

very knowledgeable.

Sarah B.
Topeka, KS

Extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful presentation.

Brett H.
Cedar Park, TX

Great program

Julie A. B.
Hiles, WI

Instructive. Good conversational style between the two talented presenters.

Keric C.
San Antonio, TX

Excellent presentation!

Hilary M.
New York, NY

Great presenters!