Course description

Training provided by: 

  • Liza Ricci, Supervising Attorney, GAL Program 13th Circuit 
  • Jill Adams, Esq., Supervising Attorney, Office of the Attorney General 13th Circuit


Initially held as a webinar on August 23, 2018, this training explains the new reunification legal standard created in 2017. 

Conditions for return are explored as well as how they are created. In home safety planning and everything that needs to be considered and in place before we return a child to a parent is also discussed. 

This webinar offers insight into the GAL’s role in the development and monitoring of conditions for return and in home safety plans.

1 CLE Credit Available

8/23/18-2/23/20

1 In-Service Hour Available

Select "Permanency and Child Safety" for Optima

 

Reviews (15)

Good information was provided on what has to happen for parents to have the protective capacity for children to be placed back in the home.

by Bobbie Brock

It was done very well.

by Christine Franken

by Phoenix Blake

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Good information was provided on what has to happen for parents to have the protective capacity for children to be placed back in the home.

by Bobbie Brock

It was done very well.

by Christine Franken

by Phoenix Blake

by Michaela Sellaro

Case managers and GALS need to determine if the parent(s) behaviors have changed enough that a child(ren) can be reunified with a safety plan in place. That shifted from a previous policy that parents had to meet all requirements in their case plan. To have a safety plan, the following 5 conditions have to be met: 1) Is the parent/family willing to have an in-home safety plan? Will they continue to cooperate? 2) Is the home environment calm and consistent? 3) Are in-home services available in their area? 4) Are any professional evaluations still needed or have they been completed? 5) Does the family have a residence where a safety plan can be implemented?

by Marianne Knapp

I found this helpful and will continue to refer to the handouts when writing reports for JR/permanency or if I feel a change is warranted.

by Suzanne Ivester

Very informative. Love the checklists to make sure each important aspect gets covered in making the important decision if the case is to fruition for reunification.

by Thelma White

Text is clear in stating what needs to be in place before recommending reunification. Scenario #1 lacks info as to the mothers background and ability to provide a stable home environment in the current State or in Kentucky. How is it that the children seem to be well cared for and are happy under the circumstances ? The mothers efforts to bail Roy out, in my mind shows disregard for her own and the children's safety. Scenario #2 show weakness and discontent on the part of Ted. and raises the question of drug use during the week. A "never on Sunday ", or in this case" only on weekends", drug user does not exists. The "safety analysis for return" provide good examples .

by Klaus Bertram

Gave me an understanding of amended standard for reunification. I liked the case scenarios.

by Lesli Golonka

This course has great information and will be an excellent resource when writing GAL reports and JRs. Love that there is a download for the pdfs--very helpful.

by Patricia Crane

Very informative and clearly presented.

by susan white

Very informative.

by angie sweetnam

by Ellynne Witherspoon

I just listened to the recorded version of this webinar. It was very informative and clear and concise in its presentation. I appreciated that I could download the power point ahead of time and follow along during the verbal presentation.

by Susan Kerr

I found the course very educational learning many things I didn't know to date. It was very helpful to have the examples to read and look at using the materials being taught.

by Marie Huffman

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Guest Presenters: 

  • Kristen Solomon, Esquire - Statewide Director of Operations 
  • Camille Frazer, Esquire - Regional Legal Counsel Southern
  • Kathleen Clendining, Esquire - Managing Attorney, 15th Circuit
  • Brittany Rutan, Esquire - Managing Attorney, 9th Circuit 
Course Contents

1 Audio

1.0 hr

Course Curriculum

"Is it time to go home yet?" Conditions for Return and Reunification (Webinar, 08/23/18)