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Coping with Child Welfare Litigation

Litigation is a current reality in many child welfare agencies. In almost half of the 50 states, child welfare agencies are operating under the supervision of a court that has assumed oversight in response to litigation claims that the public agency has failed to protect abused and neglected children. Every day, public and private agencies face the risk of becoming deeply enmeshed in the process of ongoing litigation and court supervision.

NCFC consultants work directly with administrators, supervisors, and workers to evaluate an agency's strengths as well as its vulnerability to litigation. They review program plans, policies, and procedures, audits, management reports, and fiscal information to assess the agency's performance in the context of national standards. Where necessary, NCFC works with the agency to correct identified problems and to strengthen case practice, program outcomes, and staff capability and knowledge. NCFC consulting staff also work directly with the agency's administrators and attorneys in responding to litigation and in serving as expert witnesses.

Contact

For more information about the consultation services offered by NCFC, contact the Intake and Project Development Manager at 978/365-5068 or e-mail ncfc@cwla.org.


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