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    Sep. 15, 2021
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently determined the Indian Child Welfare Act to be overall constitutional, although it struck down certain provisions. Bailey Holt provides an overview of the act, and discusses the case and its implications.

    Aug. 19, 2021
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    To combat a shortage in certified private practice attorneys available to help Wisconsin’s youth, the State Public Defender Office (SPD) is offering training in juvenile justice practice. Diane Rondini discusses the SPD’s new project, Juvenile Rural Access to Training and Expertise (J-RATE).

    Jul. 23, 2021
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families recently promoted a new child welfare initiative that focuses on prevention and keeping families together. Azucena C. Guizar discusses the need to reach out to immigrant families in particular.

    Jul. 23, 2021
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families recently promoted a new child welfare initiative that focuses on prevention and keeping families together. Azucena C. Guizar discusses the need to reach out to immigrant families in particular.

    Jul. 19, 2021
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Is it time to reassess the Adoption and Safe Families Act requirement for termination of parental rights once a child has reached a total of 15 months in foster care? Lisa-Marie Line discusses the time limit and reasons why it may not be long enough to allow family reunification.

    Jun. 17, 2021
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    While governed by uniform guidelines, the practice of child welfare law varies from county to county across Wisconsin. Michael Puerner discusses the role of Judicial Engagement Teams: to bring together teams of community stakeholders to identify best practices and implement positive changes in child welfare cases.

    Jun. 03, 2021
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    The decision to put a child in adult criminal court should require a deliberate decision on the part of the judge, writes Alaina Fahley, who discusses the current reverse waiver proceeding to return youth to the juvenile justice system.

    Apr. 26, 2021
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Abigail Hean discusses the “child welfare to juvenile justice to adult prison pipeline” – the failure of these systems to adequately address the needs of the youth they serve, ultimately causing more harm than good.

    Apr. 13, 2021
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Elisabeth Stockbridge discusses efforts to address racial disparities and incarceration among emerging adults in Wisconsin.

    Feb. 19, 2021
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Enacted in February 2020, 2019 Wisconsin Act 92 allows more adoptive family to receive adoption assistance. The end result, says Steven Konitshek, seems well worth the additional cost – more children finding their forever homes.

    Jan. 15, 2021
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    With the April 2018 revision of the termination of parental rights (TPR) ground for continuing need of protection or services, it is still unclear in certain cases which version of the law is applicable to certain cases. Jenni Spies Kara discusses the issue, to be heard by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in February 2021.

    Oct. 15, 2020
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    The National Juvenile Defender Center provides national leadership on juvenile defense issues, and is a valuable resource for those serving our youth, says Diane Rondini, who introduces the center’s initiatives for youth involved in the justice system.

    Aug. 31, 2020
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    As social media changes and evolves, so do the ways children can be targeted and abused – and helped. Brooke Houston discusses the ways the internet can be used to exploit and save children.

    Aug. 05, 2020
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Chronic and persistent adversity impacts development in children as they grow into adults. Melissa Ivens discusses adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and reviews strategies that facilitate healthy development in children.

    Jul. 10, 2020
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    A new private minor guardianship law takes effect Aug. 1, 2020. In this second part of a two-part series, Courtney Roelandts provides tips and suggestions on how to prepare for a smooth transition.

    Jun. 16, 2020
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    A new private minor guardianship law takes effect Aug. 1, 2020. In this first of a two-part series on the new Wis. Stat. chapter 48, Beth Lauck provides a background of private minor guardianships and an overview of the changes under the new law.

    Apr. 20, 2020
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    School closures, social isolation, economic uncertainty, and resource limitations create a dangerous environment for children at risk of abuse and neglect. Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, Abigail Hean discusses the issue, and encourages communities to stay diligent.

    Mar. 11, 2020
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    The State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors recently adopted a policy, recommended by the Children and the Law Section, against the indiscriminate shackling of children in court. Eileen Fredericks outlines the need for the policy, and discusses where in Wisconsin this policy is now in action.

    Dec. 05, 2019
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    The legal community can strengthen families by providing, training, and supporting attorneys for parents involved in the child welfare system, says Alaina Fahley, who discusses what high quality parent representation would look like in Wisconsin.

    Sep. 24, 2019
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Children are different from adults, and should be treated differently within the justice system, says law student Nicole Beitzinger, who explores considerations and recent case law on teens sentenced to life without parole.

    Jul. 16, 2019
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Knowledge of a child's underlying trauma is the first step toward making the most appropriate recommendation regarding the best interest of the child. Kelsey Stefka discusses trauma-informed care and how it can be used by guardians ad litem to better understand their young clients.

    Jun. 25, 2019
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Your views needed: The Wisconsin Legislature is exploring reform of Wisconsin’s termination of parental rights (TPR) and adoption systems. Emily Dudak Leiter discusses the details of these potential changes, and urges section members to take the poll, linked at the end of the article, to inform the section board of your views on these critical issues.

    May 07, 2019
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    It is the task of guardians ad litem to get to know the issues their clients are struggling with. Christie A. Linskens Christie discusses the lessons that can be learned from the examination of mass incarceration's impact in one Wisconsin community, as shown in the award-winning film, Milwaukee 53206.

    Mar. 21, 2019
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    In February 2019, the Wisconsin Joint Legislative Council unanimously voted to support changes involving minor guardianships. Deanna Weiss discusses the changes proposed in AB 47.

    Feb. 13, 2019
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Every year, the State Bar of Wisconsin Children and the Law Section Board holds an open board meeting. Any section member interested in participating is welcomed to attend the Feb. 22 meeting, says board member Katie Holtz, who also provides an update on section activities.

    Dec. 14, 2018
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Recent Wisconsin Supreme Court oral arguments in Michels v. Lyons dissected the constitutionality of a grandparent visitation statute. Tiffany Highstrom and Sara Vanden Brook discuss the court’s recent oral arguments regarding the statute and cases involved.

    Oct. 10, 2018
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Some states have decided that open adoption may be considered when it is in the best interests of the child. Brooklyn Kemp writes about the issues, benefits, and disadvantages of open adoption.

    Aug. 27, 2018
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Called the "fastest-growing foster care initiative," kinship placement and adoption is on the rise. Kaitlyn Dvorak discusses what guardians ad litem should keep in mind about the benefits and challenges of recommending placement with family members.

    Jul. 11, 2018
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    A new legislative Act alters what a custodial parent must do to move or relocate with a child. Lisa-Marie Line outlines the changes, which became effective April 5, 2018.

    Jun. 27, 2018
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Juveniles have a fundamental right to be tried only if competent. What happens when juveniles don’t become competent until they become an adult? Devon Lee discusses issues involved in a case taken up by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    May 23, 2018
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Petitioners should proceed carefully when using the newly revised Continuing Need of Protection or Services ground, writes Rebecca Kiefer.

    Apr. 05, 2018
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Katie Holtz talks about a great way for section members to maximize their member benefits - by using the Children & the Law Section elist.

    Feb. 22, 2018
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    With more than 110 court-ordered out-of-state mental health residential care placements for youth in 2017, the lack of in-state options is of deep concern for many in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The upward trend is a disturbing one, says Eileen Fredericks.

    Jan. 22, 2018
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Following the establishment of the Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care, a new legislative package of 13 bills, called Foster Forward, was introduced. Megan DeVore talks about the Foster Forward bills and their potential to bring significant changes to the child welfare system in Wisconsin.

    Dec. 12, 2017
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    Recent – and dramatic – changes in the law have granted marriage and parental equality to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families – but should same-sex parents still obtain a court order for adoption? Emily Dudak Taylor and Kristi Baker discuss the relevant recent cases and the best way to ensure a child’s access to both parents for years to come.

    Oct. 25, 2017
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    The Wisconsin Legislature’s new Task Force on Foster Care represents an opportunity to make meaningful change to keep children safe and to help Wisconsin families be successful, writes Sarah Henery, who encourages those with ideas to get involved.

    Oct. 24, 2017
    Children & the Law Section Blog

    The Children & the Law Section has established the Children & the Law Section Blog to provide its members with valuable information for attorneys who represent various parties including children, parents, and grandparents, as well as agencies that serve children

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