Enhanced Legal Representation

There is a clear link between high quality legal representation and positive child welfare outcomes.  In order for judges to make the best possible decisions about families, it is critically important that the judge receives the most accurate and complete information possible from all parties.*

The Family Engagement Initiative Enhanced Legal Representation component is grounded in PA State Roundtable’s approved Standards of Practice.  While all standards of practice are important, the Family Engagement Initiative focuses on the four core identified standards below derived from the PA State Roundtable’s Standards and the American Bar Associations Standards of Practice for Lawyers Representing Child Welfare Agencies. 

FEI Advanced Legal Representation Overview: Click here to read more about the Enhanced Legal Representation component of the Family Engagement Initiative.

The Four Core Standards of Practice for the Family Engagement Initiative

*U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ACYF – CB-IM-17_02


Legal Representation in Child Welfare Proceedings – ABA Center on Children and the Law 

Quality Representation for Parents and Children involved in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases: A Research Summary