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Child Welfare Court Improvement Project (CWCIP) trainings are provided to support practice and systems change at the intersection and influence of the legal/judicial and child welfare systems.

The content of these programs is appropriate for all attorneys. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are available as specified for each session and provided by the Division of Policy and Planning (DPP).  Attorney Affirmation Forms are provided with the materials for each training. Follow the instructions on the form to submit for CLE credit.  You can expect to receive your CLE certificate via email within 30 days.

Recent Trainings (click training title for video)

NEW YORK STATE IMPLEMENTATION OF FAMILY FIRST PREVENTION SERVICES ACT

This three-part series provides information on how the Office of Children and Family Services and the Courts are implementing key components of the FFPSA.


PART 1: FFPSA AND KINSHIP  (1.5 hrs) | Transcript | Materials
CLE Credit is available for this program through 1/31/2022

In 2020, OCFS released two administrative directives related to improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Blind Removal Process and Kin-First Firewall Practice. These two directives together have created extensive discussions on how the child welfare system needs to continue to evolve to promote racial equity and support family preservation through kinship. Presenters include Barbara Green-Flood (OCFS), John Thompson (Principal Education Specialist for the Professional Development Program at Rockefeller College) and Sonia Meyer (OCFS Associate Counsel).


PART 2: COURT REVIEWS, CONGREGATE CARE, QUALIFIED RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAM (QRTP) (1.5 hrs) | Transcript | Materials
CLE Credit is available for this program through 1/31/2022

This presentation focuses on the role and function of the Qualified Individual (QI), including required training, the structured decision-making process for the QI, and the QRTP. Additionally, presenters discussed the required court review of the QI assessment and determination. Presenters include Hon. Michele Pirro Bailey (Onondaga County Family Court), Hon. Alicea Elloras-Ally (Kings County Family Court) and Gail Geohagen-Pratt (OCFS Associate Commissioner).


PART 3: PREVENTION (1.5 hrs) | Transcript | Materials
CLE Credit is available for this program through 1/31/2022

This program provides an overview of the Family First Prevention Plan, including the state‚Äôs definition of candidacy as well as the proposed implementation plan. Presenters include Renee Hallock (OCFS Associate Commissioner for the Office of Prevention, Permanency and Program Support), Dr. Rebecca Colman (OCFS Director of the Bureau of Research, Evaluation and Performance Analytics) and Sonia Meyer (OCFS Associate Counsel).


INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT (ICWA) TRAINING SERIES: WHAT IT IS, WHY IT IS REQUIRED, AND WHY IT MATTERS

PART 1: ICWA "NUTS AND BOLTS"  (1.5 hrs) | Transcript | Materials
CLE Credit is available for this program through 12/31/2021

This program provides an overview of ICWA by Hon. Carrie Garrow of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and Heather LaForme from the NYS Office for Children and Family Services.


PART 2: WHEN ICWA APPLIES TO CUSTODY, PINS & PRIVATE ADOPTION PROCEEDINGS (1.5 hrs) | Transcript | Materials
CLE Credit is available for this program through 12/31/2021

This program provides an overview of the Family Court Act related to ICWA, particularly highlighting Art. 6, Art. 7 and private adoption proceedings, by Hon. Carrie Garrow of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and Heather LaForme from the NYS Office for Children and Family Services.


CHILD WELFARE AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER (CW & SUD)

This project is supported by Grant #2020-AR-BX-K002 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice. 


CW & SUD: TRAUMA  (1.5 hrs) Transcript 

Trauma often plays a significant role in child welfare cases, impacting individuals at all levels including children, parents, and family as well as staff. Evidence-based interventions can prevent further trauma and treat individuals affected by traumatic experiences. This presentation also discusses the mental health toll on staff working within the child welfare system and identifies effective self-care strategies.  Presenters include Hon. Rachel Tanguay, (Rockland County Family Treatment Court) and Dr. Lipi Roy (Housing Works Medical Director).


CW & SUD: ADAPTING FAMILY TREATMENT COURT BEST PRACTICES TO RURAL COMMUNITIES (1.5 hrs) | The recording has closed caption capability. If you need an additional reasonable accommodation to access the content of this presentation, please contact Ralph L. Wolf, Esq. at RLWolf@nycourts.gov.

Rural communities face significant barriers to services where families involved in the child welfare system also have issues with Substance Use Disorder. Examples of barriers include limited access to adequate housing, transportation, service providers and internet access, isolation, and poverty. This session explores the unique challenges and strengths of supporting families with SUD and co-occurring disorders and child welfare involvement in rural communities.


CONSIDERATIONS IN THE INTERSTATE COMPACT ON THE PLACEMENT OF CHILDREN (ICPC) PROCESS (1.5 hrs) | Transcript | Materials
CLE Credit is available for this program through 12/31/2021

The New York State Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS) provides an overview of the ICPC process including the role of the judicial and legal system, followed by best practices and decision-making considerations.  Presenters include Sonia Meyer (OCFS Associate Counsel) and Carol McCarthy (OCFS Director of Adoption Services).