The Legal Training for Dependency, Neglect and Abuse Cases Program prepares attorneys to provide legal representation to abused and neglected children throughout the state. The Administrative Office of the Courts has overseen this training seminar program since 1999. The goal of the program is to produce highly qualified guardians ad litem by offering training sessions, providing educational materials and serving as a comprehensive resource.
More than 6,000 Kentucky children are in state custody because they have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Federal and state laws mandate that these children be placed in permanent homes. Guardians ad litem play an important role in ensuring that children receive fair and expeditious attention from the judicial system and are placed in appropriate homes in a timely manner.
The Administrative Office of the Courts Department of Family and Juvenile Services is accepting registrants for Legal Training for Dependency, Neglect and Abuse Cases seminars. Attendees can earn up to 6.25 credit hours toward their continuing legal education requirement, including one hour of ethics.
Due to limited funding, the AOC Department of Family and Juvenile Services is charging a registration fee of $25 per person for attorneys seeking continuing legal education credit and licensed social workers in private practice seeking continuing education units.
Kentucky judges, personnel with the Department for Community Based Services and volunteers for the Kentucky Citizen Foster Care Review Boards and Court Appointed Special Advocates will be exempt.
The training seminar is also available to people actively involved in dependency, neglect and abuse cases. Registration is open to Citizen Foster Care Review Board members, Department of Community Based Services staff, and CASA workers. Up to 6.8 hours of Continuing Education Units approved by the Kentucky Board of Social Workers are available.
The training curriculum gives a child’s attorney an overview of Kentucky statutory and case law. The course also focuses on the federal law that requires reasonable efforts to keep families together and provide children with safe and permanent homes.
The AOC and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services offer a Legal Training for Dependency, Neglect and Abuse Cases training seminar at several locations throughout Kentucky each year. The AOC has been responsible for preparing attorneys to provide legal representation to abused and neglected children throughout the commonwealth since 1999. The goal of the program is to produce highly qualified Guardians ad Litem by providing training sessions and educational materials and having the AOC serve as a comprehensive resource.