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Office of the Child Advocate: For Attorneys
2013 Training & Reference Manual


2013 TRAINING & REFERENCE MANUAL

INTRODUCTION (view all materials in Introduction Section)
Cover
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: Office of the Child Advocate
CHAPTER 2: The Components of Delaware's Child Welfare System
CHAPTER 3: How the Division of Family Services Processes a Case
CHAPTER 4: How a Case Moves Through the Judicial Process
CHAPTER 5: Duties of the Attorney Guardian Ad Litem
CHAPTER 6: Ethical Dilemmas Faced by an Attorney Guardian Ad Litem
2012 Training & Reference Manual Index

CONTACT INFORMATION
1. OFFICE OF THE CHILD ADVOCATE
2. DIVISION OF FAMILY SERVICES
3. FAMILY COURT
  a. Family Court
  b. CASA Program
4. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
  a. DFS Deputies Phone List & Organizational Chart

COURT RULES AND STATUTES
5. FAMILY COURT
  a. RULES 200-226
  b. ORGANIZATION, POWERS, JURISDICTION & OPERATION – 10 DEL. C., CH. 9
6. OFFICE OF THE CHILD ADVOCATE STATUTE – 29 DEL. C., CH. 90A
7. BEST INTERESTS STATUTE – 13 DEL. C. § 722
8. DSCYF CUSTODY STATUTE – 13 DEL. C., CH. 25
9. GROUNDS FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS – 13 DEL. C. § 1103
10. GUARDIANSHIP/PERMANENT GUARDIANSHIP STATUTE – 13 DEL. C., CH. 23
11. THIRD PARTY VISITATION STATUTE – 13 DEL. C., CH. 24
12. INVOLVING CHILDREN IN COURT HEARINGS STATUTE – 13 DEL. C. § 724

REFERENCE MATERIALS
13. DFS
  a. FOSTER CARE LEVELS OF CARE
  b. FOSTER CARE CONTRACTUAL SERVICE DESCRIPTION
14.   DPBHS
  a. MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS
  b. MENTAL HEALTH CRITERIA: USING THE CRITERIA
  c. MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDER NETWORK
  d. DELAWARE TRAUMA-FOCUSED COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL
  e. PARENT-CHILD INTERACTION THERAPY (PCIT)

THERAPY (TF-CBT) INFO & THERAPISTS
15. YRS
  a. COMMUNITY SERVICE RESOURCES
16.   EDUCATION
  a. EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION & CHECKLIST
  b. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE
  c. EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS OF STUDENTS IN FOSTER CARE
(MCKINNEY-VENTO ACT)
  d. HOMELESS EDUCATION DIRECTORY & RESOURCE GUIDE –
MCKINNEY-VENTO FAQS, RESOURCES, AND FORMS
  e. EDUCATIONAL SURROGATE PARENT PROGRAM INFORMATION
  f. PARENT INFORMATION CENTER OF DELAWARE

PRACTICE GUIDES, TOOLS AND CHECKLISTS
17. ATTORNEY GAL CHECKLIST FOR REPRESENTATION
18. HINTS FOR TALKING WITH KIDS & INVOLVING KIDS IN COURT
19. VISITATION OBSERVATION CHECKLIST
20. DFS PERMANENCY COMMITTEE CHECKLIST
21. EARLY SCREENING TOOL
22. ADOPTION HOME STUDY GUIDE
23. INDEPENDENT LIVING CHECKLIST

SAMPLE COURT DOCUMENTS, LETTERS AND FORMS
24. DEPENDENCY/NEGLECT PETITION FOR CUSTODY
  a. Blank D/N Petition
  b. Blank Emergency affidavit
25. ORDER OF APPOINTMENT OF ATTORNEY GAL IN DFS CASES
26. SAMPLE E-MAIL TO ATTORNEY GAL RE: APPOINTMENT
27. CASE PLAN/FAMILY SERVICE PLAN
28. CHILD IN CARE PLANS
29. SAMPLE MOTION FOR A PERMANENCY HEARING/CHANGE OF GOAL
30. SAMPLE ANSWER TO MOTION TO CHANGE GOAL
31. SAMPLE ANSWER TO TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS PETITION
32. VOLUNTARY CONSENT TO TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS FORM
33. SAMPLE ANSWER TO ADOPTION PETITION
34. SAMPLE RECORDS REQUEST LETTERS
  a. SCHOOL
  b. MEDICAL PROVIDERS
  c. PREMISE HISTORY
  d. PREMISE HISTORY - Wilmington Police Department
35. GENERIC RELEASE FOR DRUG, ALCOHOL AND MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS
36. MOTION FOR RELEASE OF DRUG, ALCOHOL AND PSYCHIATRIC RECORDS

MISCELLANEOUS
37. CPAC NEAR DEATH REPORT – JOHN DAVIS, JR.
38. APPLICATION FOR CLE CREDIT FOR PRO BONO SERVICES


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FOR ATTORNEYS
Letter to Attorneys
Sign Up To Be An Attorney Guardian Ad Litem
FAQs
Training Manual
Advanced Child Welfare Training Opportunities
Online Training
Pro Bono Honor Rollpdf icon

How to Contact the Office of the Child Advocate:
Wilmington
900 King Street, Suite 210
Wilmington, DE 19801
Voice (302) 255-1730
Fax (302) 577-6831
Georgetown
6 West Market Street, Suite 1
Georgetown, DE 19947
Voice (302) 856-5720
Fax (302)856-5722