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Training Opportunities

To access other training content or for technical problems, please contact Rosalie Morales at (302) 255-1730 or Rosalie.Morales@delaware.gov.

Legal Training

Web Based Training:

The Office of the Child Advocate is now providing Web-based Continuing Legal Education and Professional Trainings online in addition to the traditional onsite continuing education opportunities. Many courses will include Free Legal Education Credits or Professional Credits. These trainings are primarily designed for attorney guardians ad litem, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), CASA attorneys, and parent attorneys.

Web-based training is available on the Office of the Child Advocate's Online Training System, which also hosts a variety of training programs developed by the Child Protection Accountability Commission and its child welfare partners. To access the training content, please follow the link: ocade.server.tracorp.com. You must register and create a user name and password. Please also select the group code, All Training.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need Adobe Reader 9 to access the web-based trainings. If you do not have the latest version, please download it here. This training may not be compatible with Safari—you may need to use Internet Explorer or Firefox to view the training.

For questions, please contact Rosalie Morales at (302) 255-1730 or Rosalie.Morales@delaware.gov


On Site Training

New Volunteer Attorney Trainings: Nuts & Bolts of Representing Children in DSCYF Custody

Family Court Called—You've Been Appointed: Representing Kids in Non-DSCYF Proceedings

Advanced Topic Trainings for OCA Attorney Volunteers

Advanced Topic Trainings for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteers

Training & Reference Manual

INTRODUCTION (view all materials in Introduction Section)
Full Training Manual Outline
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

Professionals and Organizations

Web Based Training:

Introduction to Child Welfare Agencies/Services

The Child Protection Accountability Commission (CPAC) created the 101 Training Curriculum to help cross-train child welfare professionals on the various agencies and services involved with the Delaware child welfare system and their respective duties and responsibilities.

This web-based training is available on the Office of the Child Advocate's Online Training System, which also hosts a variety of other training programs developed by CPAC and its child welfare partners. To access the training content, please follow the link: ocade.server.tracorp.com. You must register and create a user name and password. Please also select the group code, All Training.

Office of the Child Advocate is currently providing the following training(s):

Child Abuse and Neglect 101 
Presented by Prevent Child Abuse Delaware and the CPAC Training Committee
Format: Web-based (Video)
Length: 125 minutes

Child Abuse and Neglect 101 is a comprehensive two day workshop created by Prevent Child Abuse Delaware and the CPAC Training Committee. The training allows participants to understand the basics of child abuse and neglect, how abuse impacts our society, and how to help families nurture children and raise them free from abuse and neglect.

Mandatory Reporting Training

Following the reviews of several child death or near deaths cases in which a professional failed to identify or report child abuse and neglect in Delaware, public education became a joint initiative for the Child Protection Accountability Commission (CPAC) and Child Death Review Commission in FY09, and since then several Mandatory Reporting Trainings for various disciplines have come to fruition. These disciplines include educators, medical professionals and general professional audiences.

These trainings are available on the Office of the Child Advocate's Online Training System, which also hosts a variety of training programs developed by the Child Protection Accountability Commission. To access the training content, please follow the link: ocade.server.tracorp.com. You must register and create a user name and password. Please also choose the applicable group code to gain access to the mandatory reporting curriculum and available resources.

  • By selecting the group code General Public, you are given access to the Mandatory Reporting Training for general professional audiences. Select this option if you are a childcare provider, non-profit social service agency, State of Delaware employee, etc.
  • By selecting the group code Medical Professionals, you are given access to the Mandatory Reporting Training for professionals licensed by the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline and other healthcare professions. Please note that this training is updated every two years in accordance with the license renewal timeframe for physicians. The next update will be available on January 1, 2019 and every two years thereafter. The Division of Professional Regulation provides further guidance about the mandatory training requirements and license renewal process. More information is available at this link: dpr.delaware.gov.
  • By selecting group code Educators, you are given access to the Mandatory Reporting Training for teachers and staff in educational settings. Please note that Delaware public school teachers must access this online course through Blackboard to be in compliance with the training requirements per 14 Del .C. § 4162.

Mandatory Reporting and Community Resources Handout


To access other training content or for technical problems, please contact Rosalie Morales at (302) 255-1730 or Rosalie.Morales@delaware.gov. Please also contact Rosalie Morales to request in-person Mandatory Reporting Training for your organization.

On Site Training:

Mandatory Reporting Training

In-person Mandatory Reporting Training is available for your organization at no cost. The 1.5 hour training is designed to help mandated reporters recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect, their legal obligations related to reporting suspected abuse and neglect, and how to make a report.

The learning objectives are as follows:

  1. Describe the reporting law and reporting procedure for the State of Delaware;
  2. Use Minimal Fact questions when indicators are observed and/or a disclosure is made;
  3. Respond appropriately when children disclose allegations of abuse or neglect;
  4. Identify what information you can expect upon making a report to the Child Abuse and Neglect Report Line; and,
  5. Acquire a basic understanding of the civil and criminal definitions in statute for the various types of child maltreatment.

Please contact Rosalie Morales to request in-person training at Rosalie.Morales@delaware.gov.

Protecting Delaware's Children Conference

Please visit the Protecting Delaware's Children Conference Series page for information and materials on past conferences.

Stewards of Children

Stewards of Children is an adult-based child sexual abuse prevention training curriculum, which is nationally utilized and evidence-based. The training is two hours in length and is led by a trained facilitator. Please see the Stewards of Children flyer for more information or visit www.D2L.org/Stewards.

Please also visit Beau Biden Foundation’s Website to learn about the program in Delaware and to schedule an in-person training session.

Stewards of Children information sheet.


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