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Concurrent Case Planning, Margaret A. Burt, Esq. (54 mins)
Participants will explore the benefits of concurrent case planning and the court's role in its use in a particular dependency case. A review and discussion regarding federal and state statutes relating to permanency and the concurrent case planning policy recently implemented by Arizona CPS should leave participants with a greater understanding of the goals of concurrent case planning: increased participation of parents and family earlier in the dependency process and an overall reduction in unnecessary delays in the permanency process.

Education and Children in Foster Care, Honorable Jane Butler, Commissioner Nandi Muhammad (54 mins)
Some estimates have less than one half of Arizona foster children graduating from high school. These children are far more likely to drop out of school and far less likely to enter college. Disruptions to their school placement and inappropriately matched services are just two factors with which this population has to contend. By becoming familiar with the Judicial Checklists to Meet the Educational Needs of Children and Youth in Foster Care, judicial officers can better equip themselves to ask the right questions to help ensure that foster children have the best opportuntity to succeed.

Engaging Parents Early and Often, Hon. Corey Sanders - Facilitator; Hon. Anna Young, Hon. Richard Weiss, Anna Jure - Panel (116 mins)
Panel discusses what statewide efforts to support and engage parents in the dependency process early and often. Participants will learn of the positive outcomes arising from the use of Parent Partners/Peers in juvenile dependency matters.  

SAFE AZ Renovation, Katherine Guffey (75 mins)
This presentation provides an overview of the SAFE AZ, a model designed to build consistency and capacity to provide safe, high quality services to children and families. The goal of SAFE AZ - make the right safety decision for every child using a clearly-defined decision-making process. Shared decision-making includes comprehensive and collaborative training and coaching of DCS employees, service providers, attorneys, and judges. Ensuring the success of SAFE AZ will require changes in daily practice and must include ways to sustain the process in times to come.