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Polk County ADR Class Dates for 2018

Required to attend a mediation class for the Family Court in Polk County? Here is the schedule:

ADR Class Dates for 2018

  • Monday, January 22, 2018
  • Monday, February 26, 2018
  • Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Monday, April 09, 2018
  • Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Monday, August 06, 2018
  • Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Monday, October 15, 2018
  • Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Monday, December 10, 2018

*Class time – 6:00pm to 7:00 pm

*Class location – Polk County Courthouse, 3rdfloor, large courtroom

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Adoption and Safe Families Act

This law comes up in Juvenile Abuse/Neglect cases I handle. A starting point to learn about it is here.

Some of the major provisions of the law include:

  • Requires that States move to terminate parental rights for children who have been in Foster Care for 15 out of the last 22 months
  • Exceptions to the 15/22 rule include:[4]
    1. When the child is in a Foster Home with a biological relative (Kinship Care)
    2. When the Agency documents a compelling reason why parental termination is not in the Child’s best interest
    3. When the State has failed to provide services necessary for reunification
  • Requires that Permanency Hearings be held every 12 months
  • Clarifies cases in which States are not required to reunite Families (Aggravated Circumstances)
  • Expands family preservation and support services
  • Extends subsidies for adoptive children
  • Provides incentives for States to improve adoption rates
  • Requires States to document efforts to move children toward adoption
  • Expands health care coverage for adoptive children
  • Provides funding for efforts at encouraging adoption
  • Clarifies that interstate boundaries should not delay adoption.

This Day at Law…

This Day at Law is a site that reports what happened in legal history for the current day.  Things like the law that replaced the War Department with the Defense Department was signed on August 10, 1949…

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Child Abuse: Mandated Reporters

Some of us are mandated reporters, including all sorts of professionals responsible for the care of children. Sometimes mandated reporters need guidelines. The Children’s Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services publishes a useful handbook, Guidelines for Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Blue Book? Indigo Book!

Every law student must grind through a class learning the proper way to cite legal authority, correct to the last comma. In recent years, there has been among legal scholars considerable controversy over citation method. The Indigo Book is a free citation authority in the public domain serving as an alternative to the Blue Book or other citation methods. You can get it free here.

Missouri Sunshine Law

Trying to get records from a Missouri political subdivision? The Sunshine Law applies. The Missouri Office of the Attorney General has a helpful website. They also publish a helpful guide.

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