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Law and Policy

Indian Child Welfare Act Under Fire: Federal Judge Strikes Down 40-Year-Old Law, Appeals Could Lead to Supreme Court
Author: The Chronicle of Social Change: John Kelly
Published: October 7. 2018
Information: A federal judge has declared unconstitutional a 40-year-old law that was passed to protect against the separation of American Indian children from their families and tribes by state-run child welfare systems.


Child and Family Policy Update
Implementation of Family First Prevention Services Act Moves Forward
Published: 2018
Information: After being signed into law on February 9, 2018, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is moving quickly to begin implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA).


CILS Defends Tribal Casinos in Slip and Fall Cases: Protection from Tort Claims 
Author: Nicole Scott
Published: September 10, 2018
Information: Mark A. Vezzola, Esq. Directing Attorney of CILS’ Escondido office handles tort claims. Did you know that California Indian Legal Services defends tribal casinos in slip and fall cases?


Redesigning The Delivery Of Legal Services To Prevent Children From Entering Foster Care 
Author: Vivek Sankaran
Published: July 10, 2018
Information: This article explores a design for a “child welfare” system that seeks to minimize the separation of families, these four pillars would anchor the provision of legal services.


Reshaping Child Welfare in the United States: Lawyers as Partners in Prevention
Author: Jerry Milner
Published: July 5, 2018
Information:Attorneys and judges are essential to bringing this vision to life, committing to unified guiding values and principles, and adhering to those values and principles in their daily practices. Aggressive efforts to keep families together safely, working diligently to promote child and family well-being, and recognizing the role of community supports are key areas where the legal and judicial communities can make a difference.

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