The Children's Monitor- Celebrating June as Reunification Month
Here's the deal with The Children's Monitor- We tend to agree with them that there is a problem. But we disagree with what they think is the solution to the problem. We do note with great interest Rep Gwen Moore's HR 3873.
On Tuesday, CWLA joined with ABA Center on
Children and the Law, the National Foster Care Coalition, and Children and
Family for a congressional briefing in recognition of National Reunification
Month. The briefing recognized the hard work of birth parents, parent advocates,
and the courts in helping families achieve reunification by celebrating the
trials, dedication, and accomplishments of parents who were successfully
reunified with their children after placement in foster care.
Presenters included a circuit court judge from
Prince George's County, Maryland, two parent advocates who were once separated
from their children but successfully reunified after working with the child
welfare system and the court to regain custody, and the director from the Center
For Family Representation in New York City, which works with families in crisis
to provide free legal representation and social services to enable children to
safely remain in their parents' custody.
Additionally, Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI)
who sponsored the briefing, spoke about her bill H.R.
3873, the Enhancing the Quality of Parental Legal Representation Act of 2011.
This bill takes steps to ensure that when child welfare intervenes on behalf of
allegations of abuse or neglect, parents will be afforded legal representation
at all stages of their case. In addition, the bill increases funding for
discretionary and other targeted grants to improve the quality of legal
representation for parents. HR 3873 has yet to be reported out of the Ways and