Presents an overview of how a family court judge works in collaboration with families, the child welfare agency, and stakeholders to improve family and children outcomes and significantly reduce the number of children in foster care. This 2020 National Foster Care Month webinar features Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson, Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner, and interviews with Judge Trent Favre and parent attorney Lanie Roussel who share court collaboration efforts in Hancock County, Mississippi. Key elements to their success include using a trauma-informed approach, keeping a focus on maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders, creating a visitation center to provide a homelike setting for parent-child and sibling visits, and holding monthly permanency hearings.
Capacity Building Center for States (2020). Collaborating With Courts to Promote Foster Care as a Support to Families, Not a Substitute for Parents archived webinar. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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