Representation of Children as a Guardian Ad Litem 2014

MCLE Credits: 7.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0 (GAL Child: 7.0)

Video on Site: Wednesday, January 13 / Alexandria, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke
  Thursday, January 28 / Abingdon, Tysons Corner
  Wednesday, March 9 / Abingdon, Alexandria, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke
  Thursday, March 17 / Tysons Corner
  Thursday, March 24 / Virginia Beach
  Tuesday, June 7 / Abingdon, Alexandria, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke
  Wednesday, June 15 / Tysons Corner
Registration: 8:00 a.m. (Richmond location: 8:30 a.m.)
Program: 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. (Richmond location: 9:00 a.m - 5:45 p.m.)
MCLE Credit: 7.0 (Ethics: 2.0; GAL Child: 7.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
This program is a video replay of a live seminar held in September 2014.

Information

Why Attend?

  • Learn the roles, responsibilities, and duties of guardian ad litem representation
  • Understand the laws governing child abuse and neglect, foster care case review, termination of parental rights, and entrustments
  • Receive tips for effectively communicating with children and for working with children as witnesses
  • Review the ethical obligations of GALs for children

In order to be appointed as a guardian ad litem for children in Virginia, members of the bar must meet the standards set forth by the Judicial Council of Virginia. This seven-hour course meets the training requirement under these standards. All attorneys who wish to qualify for court appointment as GALs for children in Virginia must take this course.

GAL for Children Qualifying Credit Hours: 7.0
GAL Information

TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE:

  • Overview of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court law
  • Roles, responsibilities, and duties of guardian ad litem representation
  • Laws governing child abuse and neglect, foster care case review, termination of parental rights, and entrustments
  • Role of social services agencies in handling abuse and neglect cases
  • Developmental needs of children
  • Characteristics of abusive and neglectful families and of children who are victims; physical, medical, and mental health aspects of child abuse and neglect
  • Communication with children, children as witnesses, use of closed circuit television
  • Cultural awareness
  • Ethical obligations of GALs for children

This program is supported by the Court Improvement Program, Office of the Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia, through federal grant funds of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information on becoming a GAL for children in Virginia, please contact the Office of the Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia, 100 North Ninth Street, Third Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219, (804) 786-6455, or visit this website: http://www.courts.state.va.us.

 

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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE
* Please note that the Richmond video replay begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

8:00 Registration
8:30 Explanation of the GAL Qualification Process
Lelia Baum Hopper
8:45 Roles, Responsibilities, and Duties of Guardian Ad Litem Representation; Review of the Standards to Govern the Performance of Guardians Ad Litem for Children
Hon. Thomas P. Sotelo
10:00 Break
10:15 Role of Social Service Agencies in Handling Abuse and Neglect Cases; Laws Governing Child Abuse and Neglect; Foster Care Review and Permanency Planning; Termination of Parental Rights
Lelia Baum Hopper
11:45 Lunch Recess
12:45 Developmental Needs of Children: Characteristics of Abusive and Neglectful Families and of Children Who Are Victims; Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect
Robin Foster, M.D.
2:15 Break
2:30 Interviewing the Child Client:  Approaches and Techniques for a Successful Interview; Cultural Issues and the Guardian Ad Litem
Speaker pending
4:00 Break
4:15 Ethical Considerations When Serving as a Guardian Ad Litem
Leslie Haley, Esq.
5:15 Adjourn

Faculty

MODERATOR

Lelia Baum Hopper, Director, Court Improvement Program, Office of the Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia / Richmond

FACULTY

Hon. Thomas P. Sotelo, Judge, Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court / Fairfax
Robin Foster, M.D.; FAAP; FACEP; Associate Professor; Chair, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, VCU Medical Center / Richmond
Leslie A.T. Haley, Esq., Formerly in Virginia State Bar Counsel’s Office; Haley Law PLC / Midlothian
Lelia Baum Hopper, Director, Court Improvement Program, Office of the Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia / Richmond
Marcella Rustioni, LCSW, DCFI, Arlington County Child Advocacy Center / Arlington

Locations, Dates and Fees

VIDEO REGISTRATION FEES (Lunch not included)

$149.00 regular registration (printed materials included).
$164.00 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

VIDEO LOCATIONS AND DATES

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2016

Alexandria: Courtyard Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, 2700 Eisenhower Ave. (703) 329-2323 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Norfolk: SpringHill Suites Norfolk—Virginia Beach, 6350 Newtown Road (757) 333-3100 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Richmond: UVA Richmond Regional Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300, 3rd Floor (Parking available only in spots not marked “Visitor Parking”) (804) 662-7464 (Venue Website / Google Map) Please note that the Richmond video replay begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
Roanoke: Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 North Jefferson Street (Parking validated for parking deck adjacent to center only) (540) 767-6161 (Venue Website / Google Map)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2016

Abingdon: Southwest Virginia Higher Education, Center, on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College (I-81 exit 14), 1 Partnership Circle (276) 619-4300 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Tysons Corner: Hilton Garden Inn Tysons Corner, 8301 Boone Blvd. (Vienna) (703) 760-9777 (Venue Website / Google Map)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016

Abingdon: Southwest Virginia Higher Education, Center, on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College (I-81 exit 14), 1 Partnership Circle (276) 619-4300 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Alexandria: Courtyard Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, 2700 Eisenhower Ave. (703) 329-2323 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Norfolk: SpringHill Suites Norfolk—Virginia Beach, 6350 Newtown Road (757) 333-3100 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Richmond: UVA Richmond Regional Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300, 3rd Floor (Parking available only in spots not marked “Visitor Parking”) (804) 662-7464 (Venue Website / Google Map) (Please note that the Richmond video replay begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
Roanoke: Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 North Jefferson Street (Parking validated for parking deck adjacent to center only) (540) 767-6161 (Venue Website / Google Map)

THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016

Tysons Corner: Hilton Garden Inn Tysons Corner, 8301 Boone Blvd. (Vienna) (703) 760-9777 (Venue Website / Google Map

THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016

Virginia Beach: Regent University, 1000 Regent University Drive, Robertson Hall, Room 105 (first floor) (800) 373-5504 (Venue Website / Google Map) / Campus Map)

TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016

Abingdon: Southwest Virginia Higher Education, Center, on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College (I-81 exit 14), 1 Partnership Circle (276) 619-4300 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Alexandria: Courtyard Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, 2700 Eisenhower Ave. (703) 329-2323 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Norfolk: SpringHill Suites Norfolk—Virginia Beach, 6350 Newtown Road (757) 333-3100 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Richmond: UVA Richmond Regional Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300, 3rd Floor (Parking available only in spots not marked “Visitor Parking”) (804) 662-7464 (Venue Website / Google Map) (Please note that the Richmond video replay begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
Roanoke: Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 North Jefferson Street (Parking validated for parking deck adjacent to center only) (540) 767-6161 (Venue Website / Google Map)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016

Tysons Corner: Hilton Garden Inn Tysons Corner, 8301 Boone Blvd. (Vienna) (703) 760-9777 (Venue Website / Google Map


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