Tuesday, October 15, 2013

DCFS SDM Training

Last Friday, on October 11, 2013, the Parental Defense Alliance (PDA) held a free Lunch and CLE at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah.  The presenters were from the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) and instructed us regarding the new Structured Decision Making (SDM) process that they are implementing throughout the state.

The DCFS has been training their caseworkers regarding SDM, but the PDA is the first group to request and receive the training outside of the division.  Those who attended received helpful instruction regarding how the DCFS caseworkers will be making decisions regarding families and services.

One attendee let us know:
"Having a good understanding of SDM is extremely helpful to determine whether DCFS used correct criteria to remove children from custody of parents and whether children can be safely returned or maintained at home with ongoing services."

Another said:
"This training offered information absolutely necessary to understand the decision making process behind DCFS decisions to get involved in a family.  If the decision is to get involved, how intrusive the involvement will be and what considerations to decide when to get out of the case."
For those of you who missed the training, we are excited to let you know that we are working on providing a video recorded version on our website.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Check Out Our New Website!

If you haven't had a chance to explore the new website, this video highlights some of the features.

We hope that you enjoy the new design and that the resources are of benefit to you in your practice.

Our First Blog Post

We here at the Parental Defense Alliance are pretty excited that we are starting a blog!  We hope this will be a place that we can keep you up to date regarding the happenings of the PDA, including workshops and trainings, as well as other matters related to child welfare.  You can sign up to receive notifications of blog posts in the left column (and we hope you will).  Feel free to also subscribe to our RSS feed.

We hope that you will use the comment section of this blog to provide us with feedback to to discuss the topics we present.