How Court Oversight Can Support Normalcy and Youth Engagement for Youth in Foster Care

Posted March 11, 2016
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog how court oversite 2016

Court prac­tice can shape how the child wel­fare sys­tem imple­ments key pro­vi­sions of the fed­er­al Pre­vent­ing Sex Traf­fick­ing and Strength­en­ing Fam­i­lies Act by estab­lish­ing stan­dards and expec­ta­tions. Through the Act, child advo­cates have a pow­er­ful avenue for estab­lish­ing mod­el practices.

A recent Casey Foun­da­tion webi­nar, Effec­tive Court Over­sight to Sup­port and Enforce Nor­mal­cy and Youth Engage­ment,” high­light­ed new legal require­ments for court over­sight of the Act, as well as oppor­tu­ni­ties to go beyond the require­ments to improve prac­tice and results. The ses­sion was part of a six-webi­nar series on ways to lever­age the Act to strength­en out­comes for young peo­ple in fos­ter care.

Pan­elists includ­ed Sarah Helvey of Nebrask Apple­seed; Glen­da Volmert of Franklin Coun­ty, Mis­souri, CASA; Andy Shookhoff, an attor­ney and for­mer juve­nile court judge in Nashville, Ten­nessee; Jen­ny Pokemp­n­er, super­vis­ing attor­ney with the Juve­nile Law Cen­ter; and Clark Peters, assis­tant pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mis­souri School of Social Work.

Infor­ma­tion relat­ed to the webinar:

The webi­nar series sup­ple­ments the Jim Casey Ini­tia­tives recent­ly released report, What Young Peo­ple Need To Thrive: Lever­ag­ing the Strength­en­ing Fam­i­lies Act To Pro­mote Nor­mal­cy, which high­lights rec­om­men­da­tions from young peo­ple in fos­ter care.

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