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Judicial ethics require respect and patience in the courtroom. While judges set the tone, everyone in the courtroom and beyond plays an important role in impacting and empowering families. Creating and sustaining a trauma-informed courtroom experience is critical to building the trust and relationships families need in order to make significant changes within mandated timeframes.

This session will focus on the period during and immediately following initial removal. Learn strategies to reduce the trauma of removal and to create a climate that supports meaningful engagement prior to the adjudication hearing.

Even the finest delivery of services to dependency court involved families may be for naught if the transmission of information to the judge is ineffective. Judges depend on testimony and reports to arrive at decisions that will best serve families in dependency court. Judges also rely on reports and testimony to determine whether the federal requirements for reasonable efforts have been satisfied in a timely manner.