Training Opportunities
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Training Opportunities

There are excellent training opportunities in the community on the subject of the health and well-being of foster children that might be useful to volunteers. As we become aware of such opportunities we will post them. 

Court Improvement Brown Bag Webinars

Court Improvement Brown Bag Webinars for 1st Quarter of 2023 [Download Flyer]

Registration Information

The following brown bag webinars are available for Arizona Attorneys, CASA and FRRB volunteers are hosted by Court Improvement. We have moved to a new registration system. Anyone using the system for the first time will need to set up a user profile. The following are links to CREATE A NEW PROFILE INSTRUCTIONS and RETURNING STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS for registration.  Watch step-by-step videos on how to set up a new user accountreset a password.or retrieve a certificate or transcript.

If you have any questions about these trainings contact Victor Machiche at [email protected] or (602) 452-3525.

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  • Walk Through the Maze: The Arizona Dependency Process, January 24, 2023 and March 7, 2023
  • Yellowstone County/Montana ICWA Court and Drug Court. February 10, 2023
  • Successful Transition to Adulthood Program (AKA Independent Living), February 15, 2023
  • Grounds: Termination of Parental Rights, February 16, 2023
  • Please Don’t Make Me Change Schools Again: March 14, 2023
  • Please listen! Youth Panel Discussion on Challenges for Foster Children March 21, 2023
  • The DCS Service Array, March 22, 2023

Walk Through the Maze: The Arizona Dependency Process
Dawn Williams, CWLS
Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Unit Chief Counsel, Child and Family Protection Division Appeals Unit

This session provides a step-by-step overview of the Dependency Process, including its timelines, purpose, and major provisions. Dawn will take participants from the beginning when a report is made to petition filing to hearings to placement and all the steps in between.

** ICWA Series **

Yellowstone County/Montana ICWA Court and Drug Court
Presented by:
  • Brooke E. Baracker-Taylor, Assistant Attorney General
  • Judge Rod Souza
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Join us to learn about the innovations and leadership of Yellowstone County’s ICWA Treatment Court in Montana. We will hear about their successes, challenges and lessons learned.
  • February 10, 2023 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm [Register]

Successful Transition to Adulthood Program (AKA Independent Living)
Barbara Guillen, MSW
Permanency & Youth Services Manager, Department of Child Safety

In this presentation we will address the various options available for Foster youth who will transition to adulthood. Barbara will provide guidelines for the program and new updates.
  • February 15, 2023 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm [Register]

Grounds: Termination of Parental Rights
Dawn Williams, CWLS
Unit Chief Counsel for CFPD Appeals

This session explores the grounds for termination of parental rights and best interests, including standards of proof, elements of each ground, and case-law examples.
  • February 16, 2023 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm [Register]

Please Don’t Make Me Change Schools Again: The Educational Rights of Students in Foster Care
Joey L. Taylor
Foster Care Education Coordinator, Arizona Department of Education

This session will cover the federally legislated educational rights of students in foster care, the programs that public schools must provide to support students in foster care, and how the child welfare agency collaborates to maintain school stability for students in foster care. Additionally, this session will cover the role that the court system can play in upholding the educational rights of students in foster care.

Please listen! Youth Panel Discussion on Challenges for Foster Children
Moderator: Barbara Guillen, MSW
Permanency & Youth Services Manager, Department of Child Safety

A Youth Panel that have aged out will give you their unique perspective on their experience in the Foster Care System. They want to work with you to help other foster kids to overcome obstacles and make this frightening process more manageable. The Foster Care Alumni of America Youth Panel discuss the difficulties and barriers they experienced while in the foster care system.

The DCS Service Array – A Response to Family Needs, Culture and Readiness to Change
Victoria Mills
Arizona Department of Child Safety, Sr. Program Development Specialist

The agency has undergone a significant change in the way they deliver key services to families, both before and after the removal of a child. A new range of services has been developed to encourage growth in a parent’s behavioral, cognitive and emotional characteristics that go hand in hand with protecting their child. Victoria Mills will talk about the new placement matrix and show how, under the Family First Prevention Service Act, a child can receive services to avoid disruption. She will discuss how the new Nurturing Parenting Program and Family Connections provide services based on a family’s need and not a case status.