This seminar is designed for attorneys and judges. Guardian ad litems, case managers, social workers, counselors, psychologists and other service providers who work with CHINS cases may also benefit from attending.
The seminar will provide an analysis of the legal, psychological and practical issues involved in termination of rights and adoption proceedings, together with the perspective of the child’s court-appointed special advocate and suggestions on how lawyers, therapists, other service providers, CASAs and the Office of Family and Children can work together in the best interests of children.
Topics covered will include:
• Procedural Issues In Termination Of Parental Rights
• Best Interests Of The Child: A Psychological Perspective
• Termination Of Parental Rights And Adoption: An Agency
• Private Adoptions: What You Need To Know
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
I. Procedural Issues In Termination Of Parental Rights: The Impact Of
A. Exception To Reasonable Efforts Requirement
B. Concurrent Planning
C. 15 Of 22 Months Rule
D. Permanency Hearing
E. Rights Of Foster Parents
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
II. Best Interests Of The Child: A Psychological Perspective
A. All Psychological Evaluations Are Not Created Equal
B. Reducing Error And False Positives
C. Ethical Standards That Apply When Practicing In The Legal Arena
D. How Does A Non-Psychologist Judge the Quality Of A Psychological Evaluation
E. A Model Of A Psychological Evaluation For TPR
F. A Model Of A Psychological Evaluation For Adoption
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch (On You Own)
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
III. Termination Of Parental Rights And Adoption: An Agency Perspective
A. Cases Where Termination Is Not In The Best Interest Of The Child
B. Legal Issues Involved In The Termination Process
C. Steps Leading Up To Termination
D. When Foster Parents Adopt
E. The Natural Parents Involvement In The Adoption Process
1:45 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.
1:55 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
IV. Private Adoptions: What You Need To Know
A. Impact Of Legislative Changes To The Adoption Statutes
1. Procedures For Adoption With Consent
2. Avenues For Adoption Without Consent
B. Consented Adoption: Prevention And Strategy
3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
3:20 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
V. The Role Of The CASA In Termination And Adoption Proceedings
A. A Brief History Of The CASA Program
B. Understanding The Role Of The CASA Volunteer
C. The CASA In the Courtroom