Representation of Children as a Guardian Ad Litem—2016 Qualifying Course

MCLE Credits: 7.0
Ethics Credits Included: 2.0

Video on Site: Thursday, January 25, 2018 / Abingdon, Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke
  Friday, January 26, 2018 / Charlottesville, Tysons
  Tuesday, March 20, 2018 / Alexandria
  Thursday, March 22, 2018 / Abingdon, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke
  Friday, March 23, 2018 / Charlottesville, Tysons
  Thursday, March 29, 2018 / Virginia Beach
  Thursday, June 14, 2018 / Abingdon, Alexandria, Richmond, Roanoke
  Friday, June 15, 2018 / Charlottesville, Norfolk, Tysons
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 2016.

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 continuing education credit for repeating the initial program, “Representation of Children as a Guardian Ad Litem,” will be approved only once within a six-year period.

GAL Information

TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE:

  • Overview of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court law
  • 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

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.

This program is not eligible for discounts.

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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 for Guardians Ad Litem for Children
Sandra L. Karison
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
Sandra L. Karison
11:45 Lunch Recess
12:45 Developmentally Appropriate and Culturally Competent Interviews of Children and Adolescents
Marcella Rustioni
2:15 Break
2:30 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.
4:00 Break
4:15 Ethical Considerations When Serving as a Guardian Ad Litem
Leslie Haley, Esq.
5:15 Adjourn

Faculty

FACULTY

Sandra L. Karison, Director, Court Improvement Program, Office of the Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia / Richmond
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
Marcella Rustioni, LCSW, DCFI, Arlington County Child Advocacy Center / Arlington

Locations, Dates and Fees

VIDEO REGISTRATION FEES (Lunch not included)

$150 regular registration (printed materials included).
$165 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

VIDEO LOCATIONS AND DATES

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018

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) - METRO ACCESSIBLE
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)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2018

Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Tysons: Courtyard Marriott, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road (entrance to hotel on Greensboro Drive) (703) 790-0207 (Venue Website / Google Map)

TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018

Alexandria: Courtyard Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, 2700 Eisenhower Ave. (703) 329-2323 (Venue Website / Google Map) - METRO ACCESSIBLE

THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018

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)
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)

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018

Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Tysons: DoubleTree by Hilton McLean Tysons, 1960 Chain Bridge Road (entrance to hotel on Greensboro Drive) (703) 893-2100 (Venue Website / Google Map) - Now Metro accessible! Across the street from new Spring Hill station on the Silver Line.

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018

Virginia Beach: Regent University (Robertson Hall, Room 326), 1000 Regent University Drive (800) 373-5504 (Venue Website / Google Map / Campus Map)

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018

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) - METRO ACCESSIBLE
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)

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018

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)
Tysons: Courtyard Marriott, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road (entrance to hotel on Greensboro Drive) (703) 790-0207 (Venue Website / Google Map)


A special 15% discount and free shipping on Virginia CLE®–published books will be available for purchases made at the seminar site.


Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar. 

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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