Representation of Children as a Guardian Ad Litem — Qualifying Course

MCLE Credits: 7.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Video on Site: Wednesday, January 22 / Abingdon, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, 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: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
GAL for Children CE Credit: 7.0 (GAL Information)
This program is a video replay of a live seminar held in Richmond on September 12, 2018.

Information

Topics Include:

  • Explanation of the qualification process for GALs for Children
  • Roles, responsibilities, and duties of GAL representation; review of the Standards to Govern the Performance of Guardians Ad Litem for Children
  • Role of local departments of Social Services and community partners in child dependency cases
  • Laws governing child abuse and neglect, foster care case review, permanency planning, termination of parental rights, and entrustments
  • Practical aspects of GAL representation and considerations for GALs appointed in custody and visitation cases
  • Characteristics of abusive and neglectful families and of children who are victims; physical, medical, and mental health aspects of child abuse and neglect
  • Developmental needs of children: Communication with children, children as witnesses, use of closed circuit television

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.

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.

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 http://www.courts.state.va.us.

This program is not eligible for discounts.

 

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 Qualification Process for Guardians Ad Litem for Children
Sandra L. Karison
9:00 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
10:15 Break
10:25 Role of Local Departments of Social Services and Community Partners in Child Dependency Cases
Hon. Thomas P. Sotelo, Moderator, Melissa O’Neill, Patricia A. Popp, Eric J. Reynolds
11:25 Break
11:35 Laws Governing Child Abuse and Neglect, Foster Care Case Review, Permanency Planning, Termination of Parental Rights, and Entrustments 
Sandra L. Karison
12:35 Lunch Recess
1:30 Practical Aspects of Guardian Ad Litem Representation and Considerations for Guardians Ad Litem Appointed in Custody and Visitation Cases
Leslie A.T. Haley
2:30 Break
2:40 Characteristics of Abusive and Neglectful Families and of Children Who Are Victims; Physical, Medical, and Mental Health Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect
Allison Sampson-Jackson
4:00 Break
4:10 Developmental Needs of Children:  Communication with Children, Children as Witnesses, Use of Closed Circuit Television
Jennifer M. Newman, Marcella Rustioni
5:15 Adjourn

Faculty

FACULTY

Hon. Thomas P. Sotelo, Judge, Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court / Fairfax
Leslie A.T. Haley, Park Haley LLP / Richmond
Sandra L. Karison, Director, Court Improvement Program, Office of the Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia / Richmond
Jennifer M. Newman, Law Office of Jennifer M. Newman, PC / Richmond
Melissa O'Neill, CASA Program Coordinator, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services / Richmond
Patricia A. Popp, PhD, State Coordinator, Project HOPE-VA, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Education, The College of William and Mary / Williamsburg
Eric J. Reynolds, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General / Richmond
Marcella Rustioni, LCSW, DCFI, Arlington County Child Advocacy Center / Arlington
Dr. Allison Sampson-Jackson, PhD, LCSW, LICSW, CSOTP, Integration Solutions, Inc. / Richmond

MODERATOR

Sandra L. Karison, Director, Court Improvement Program, Office of the Executive Secretary, Supreme Court of Virginia / Richmond

Locations, Dates and Fees

VIDEO REGISTRATION FEES (Lunch not included)
(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. Printed materials are not available for the video replays.)

$169 regular registration.
$189 on-site registration (if space is available).

VIDEO LOCATIONS AND DATE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020

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)
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: Virginia Tech Richmond 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 (Validated parking is available in the Gainsboro Garage only, which is on Center Avenue and adjacent to the RHEC.  Please bring the parking ticket that you receive at the gate to the Virginia CLE staff member for validation.) (540) 767-6161 (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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