Resources & Training

For Attorneys

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 Child Attorneys, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and parent attorneys.

The trainings are as follows:

  • Delaware's Child Protection Registry
  • Extended Jurisdiction
  • The Family Court Called - You've Been Appointed
  • Guidelines for Youth Engagement
  • Introduction to Child Welfare Agencies/Services: 101 Trainings
  • Legal Permanency Options for Children in Foster Care
  • Mandatory Reporting for the General Public, Educators and Medical Professionals

To access the training contact, please visit the Learning Center. Please note that OCA transitioned to this new training platform at the DLC as of October 1, 2019. Therefore, you must register as a new user if this is your first time accessing the new site.

Shorter, recorded training videos are also available by request. Trainings include:

  • APPLA (Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement) is not a Permanency Plan (20 min.)
  • Representing Older Youth: Independent Living Services, Extended Jurisdiction and Board Extensions (16 min.)
  • Reinstatement of Parental Rights (10 min.)

To access the training videos, email Kelly Ensslin at

For our OCA Volunteer Attorneys, onsite new volunteer attorney trainings and advanced topic trainings are also provided. Click the links below to view the current onsite training schedules.

2022 New Volunteer Attorney Trainings: Nuts & Bolts of Representing Children in DSCYF Custody

2022 Advanced Topic Trainings for OCA Attorney Volunteers

900 King Street
Suite 350
Wilmington, DE 19801
Main line: (302) 255-1730
Fax: (302) 577-6831

400 Court Street
Dover, DE 19901
Fax: (302) 672-1125

6 West Market Street
Suite 2
Georgetown, DE 19947
Main line: (302) 856-5720
Fax: (302) 677-7027