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Preparing and Supporting Foster Parents Who Adopt 
Child Welfare Information Gateway, January 2013

Aging Out - Checklist for Young Adults 
American Academy of Pediatrics, 2014
A very helpful checklist designed to assist youth transitioning to adulthood.

Child and Family Law Meets Brain Science (video link)
NCJFCJ, July 21, 2014
In response to an increasing awareness of brain science, judges and the legal community should strive to focus law and policy to build the capacity of caregivers and the communities in which children grow and learn.

One Family, Five Courts, One Judge: Consolidating Cases in Non-Unified Family Courts 
Juvenile and Family Justice Today, Fall 2010
According to my calendar, Jack Jones v. Diane Jones was a routine divorce case with children.  One of twenty cases on my calendar that day, it was set for 15 minutes.  Because neither party was represented by counsel, I started the hearing by setting the stage and framing the issues.  I explained that in order to get to the information I needed to complete the dissolution of their marriage, I would ask questions of each of them, and presumably, when the hearing was over, they would be divorced.

New Tools for Judges on Engaging Fathers in Child Welfare Cases
Used with Permission from Judge Len Edwards (ret.)
Judge Len Edwards (ret.) produced four videos that provide practical guidance to judges on locating and involving fathers in child welfare cases.  For more information on this project, please visit: http://fatherhoodqic.org/ 

Video 1: Identifying/Locating the Father

Video 2: Establishing Paternity

Video 3: Explaining Father's Rights & Responsibilities

Video 4: Engaging Fathers

Interviewing the Child Client 

American Bar Association Production posted to YouTube
This video, produced by the American Bar Association, discusses approaches and successful techniques to use when interviewing a child client.