Monday, July 27, 2015

Medical Child Abuse

The New York Times, recently published an article on "medical child abuse" called The New Child Abuse Panic.  The term can be applied to parents who disagree with a doctors diagnosis, procure excessive or necessary medical procedures for their children, and has even be used in reference to Munchausen syndrome by proxy.  You can read the NYT article HERE.

Monday, July 20, 2015

New Timeline for E-Filing and Survey

The Juvenile Court has updated the implementation timeline for the mandatory e-filing.  The new date is December 1, 2015.  This will mean that all attorneys will be required to file their documents with the court (through CARE) beginning on December 1, 2015.

If you currently do not have a CARE login, please contact your the court administrator in your district.  See more information HERE.

There will be some training on e-filing at the CIP Attorney Skills Training on August 31, 2015.  More information on that HERE.

The Parental Defense Alliance would also like to host a training on e-filing specific to parental defense attorneys.  If you are interested, please fill out the following SURVEY.

Friday, July 17, 2015

June is National Reunification Month

June is National Reunification Month and the ABA has been celebrating by identifying "Reunification Heroes."  These are the workers on the front lines, the parents who fight their way back to their kids and all those who support them.  You can read more about this year's Reunification Heroes HERE.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

New Civil Rights Decision Involving Child Welfare: Kirkpatrick v. County of Washoe

On July 10, 2015, the Ninth Circuit found that a caseworker and a supervisor could be held liable for removing a two-day-old newborn from its mother in the hospital without a court order.  Even though the mother had a drug problem and the defendants had not been trained in the law requiring a court order, they were not entitled to qualified immunity.

You can find a copy of the decision HERE.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Registration is OPEN for the CIP Attorney Skills Training

The Court Improvement Program Steering Committee invites you to register for the 2015 CIP Attorney Skills Training. 

This is a complimentary 2-day training designed specifically for Utah's child welfare attorneys. We have an excellent program planned that includes national and local presenters who will address the following topics:

  • Juvenile Court eFiling, including a live demonstration, online training resources, and one-on-one assistance at our eFiling lab
  • Trauma-informed practice as it relates to children, parents, and YOU
  • Ethics - Conflicts of Interest
  • Direct and cross examination of expert witnesses
  • How to identify the perpetrator
  • Film screening of the documentary Tough Love
A final agenda will be distributed prior to the training. CLE approval pending. 

The training begins Monday, August 31st at 10 am and ends on Tuesday, September 1st at 3 pm

Registration closes August 7th, but register soon to ensure hotel room availability.

To register online, click here or paste this link into your URL bar:

Zermatt Resort, 784 West Resort Dr., Midway, UT 84049

Lodging is complimentary and available on the following nights:

Sunday, August 30th --  only for participants who must travel more than 50 miles from their home office. 

Monday, August 31st -- available for ANY PARTICIPANT regardless of distance they must travel.

**Please do not contact the hotel to reserve lodging. Instead, indicate on the registration form the nights you will need lodging and you will be included on a rooming list.

Mileage reimbursement will be provided. Complimentary parking is available on-site. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at or (801) 578-3939.

On behalf of the CIP Training Steering Committee, we look forward to seeing you in August!