UNC School of Government

Child Welfare 101: A Course for New Social Services Attorneys

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About the course

This three-day course will address the laws and procedures applicable to abuse, neglect, dependency, and termination of parental rights proceedings. The course will start with a basic overview and drill down to each stage of a case, starting with a report of a child’s suspected abuse, neglect, or dependency made to a county department and ending with the termination of the court’s jurisdiction over an abuse, neglect, or dependency action. Sessions will address practice considerations including subject matter jurisdiction, drafting petitions, evidentiary issues, and adjudicating paternity when necessary.

The course is designed for attorneys representing a county child welfare department with three or less years of experience in this subject area of the law. Although attorneys with more experience in child welfare law may apply, preference will be given to those attorneys with less than three years of experience in this practice area.

Who should attend

  • Public Officials - Courts and Judicial Administration Roles
  • Juvenile Court
  • DSS Attorneys

Trust the experts

Sara DePasquale

Sara DePasquale joined the School of Government in 2013. She specializes in child welfare law in North Carolina and teaches and consults with judges, social services attorneys, parent attorneys, and other law professionals. Her publications include Fathers and Paternity: Applying the Law in North...


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