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Child Welfare Summit

Ensuring Justice in Child Welfare Virtual Summit 2020

On August 10-11, 2020, the Ensuring Justice in Child Welfare virtual summit convened teams inclusive of leadership from the courts as well as from the child welfare agency to attend a series of online presentations focused on strategies to support racial justice in the child welfare system. Almost 500 team members attended, representing every state, three territories, and five tribes, in addition to several hundred observers.

The purpose of the Ensuring Justice in Child Welfare virtual summit was to energize teams comprised of court and child welfare system leaders and stakeholders around collaborative efforts to intentionally focus on racial justice by harnessing the power of judicial leadership and embracing strategies that strengthen families, prevent unnecessary removal of children, and provide equitable access to justice for all families.

Summit Recordings

Ensuring Justice in Child Welfare Virtual Summit  Day 1 Recording
Ensuring Justice in Child Welfare Virtual Summit  Day 2 Recording

Other Resources

  • The Growing Role for Courts in Working with At-Risk Families- Details some preventative and upstream approaches that can decrease the negative impacts on children, decrease the load on formalized systems, and help families
    stay together while they heal.
  • Courts, COVID and Permanency- Outlines ways that the judicial and legal community and its partners can promote positive permanency outcomes for children and families under their jurisdiction, during the COVID pandemic.

National Judicial Leadership Summit IV on Child Welfare 2019

The National Judicial Leadership Summit IV on Child Welfare, was held in September 2019 and was intended to mobilize the legal and judicial community and other child welfare partners around a new national vision for ensuring the well-being of children with their families.  We urge you to use the key principles to guide your work in your respective jurisdictions. We also urge other national partners and organizations to use these principles as a guiding vision going forward.

Summit IV Opening Video: What  if?

Summit IV Videos

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Other Summit IV Resources