Let's Talk Adoption
The Children's Law Podcast
by True North Child Advocates
2d ago
Some of our child clients have been talking to John and Jim about adoption, which inspired an episode about how we think of adoption as children's attorneys: It's important to understand all the things that come with and all the things that get taken away with adoption. Federal policies and local practices seem to swing on a pendulum as to whether adoption is to be emphasized or strenuously avoided, but we focus on finding the best possible option for each singular client and keep it in our tool belts. One way we think of the issue is that adoption is about the risk of harm from the continue ..read more
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Placement Considerations for Children's Attorneys
The Children's Law Podcast
by True North Child Advocates
1M ago
Placement decisions happen fast and are made by the agency - usually without any input from attorneys representing children. The child's placement impacts the case A LOT so we wanted to do a podcast about the things we think about when it comes to placement. It's the agency's job to find a placement right away, but evaluating whether the placement will ultimately facilitate permanency for the child is yours. If reunification seems likely, should the kids be with a couple that wants to adopt? If TPR looks probable, do you let a baby stay in a placement that separates her from her 11 year old ..read more
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Can Singing in the Car Make You a Better Children's Lawyer?
The Children's Law Podcast
by True North Child Advocates
2M ago
We talk about work culture and retention a lot in child welfare. Angela talks with Cathy Krebs, Director of the ABA's Children’s Rights Litigation Committee who thinks a new approach to these topics could lead to ways to improve representation. A few of the subjects covered were: Burnout and self-care - Cathy tells a story of a child client who's attorney seemed so distracted and overwhelmed that the child decided not to "burden" the lawyer with what was happening in her life. The need for self-care is real, and doing anything from singing to cooking to meditation has benefit. Mentorship - A ..read more
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Takeaways from 2023
The Children's Law Podcast
by True North Child Advocates
3M ago
In this episode, Angela, John and Jim discuss a few key takeaways from 2023.  ..read more
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Messaging to Win Hearts and Minds
The Children's Law Podcast
by True North Child Advocates
5M ago
Sometimes you can move a case with legal arguments and procedural tools, but other times, you have to win hearts and minds. In our newest podcast, Jim, John and Angela share how learning to message in this way can help your child client ..read more
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Motion to Compel
The Children's Law Podcast
by True North Child Advocates
8M ago
John and Angela discuss a tool that can be used to move cases forward - the motion to compel ..read more
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One Legal Problem
The Children's Law Podcast
by True North Child Advocates
8M ago
In this episode, John, Jim and Angela discuss the cornerstone of their practice philosophy - keeping the focus on the child's number one legal problem ..read more
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How Can We Challenge Our Assumptions?
The Children's Law Podcast
by True North Child Advocates
10M ago
What information or opportunities do child welfare practitioners miss if assumptions are made about a child’s cultural background, family history, or zip code? Angela interviews Phyllis Stricklan, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Children’s Law Center of California. Phyllis talks about common struggles for children’s attorneys and the need to understand how disproportionality and making assumptions impacts families. “Pause,” Phyllis says - ask questions, and read to effectively challenge experiences and biases. Phyllis recommends the Family Justice Initiative’s Race Equity T ..read more
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When Things Go Sideways
The Children's Law Podcast
by True North Child Advocates
11M ago
In this episode, Angela, John and Jim talk about how to handle those difficult cases where you get what you asked for, but it doesn't go as planned ..read more
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Planning for Success, Not Survival
The Children's Law Podcast
by True North Child Advocates
1y ago
In this episode, Jim and Angela discuss using case plans to ensure the state agency is preparing your teen client for successful adulthood, rather than just meeting federal requirements for youth aging out of the child welfare system ..read more
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