This year's family law symposium will center on gaining a deeper understanding of child protective services within Illinois with respect to the child themselves as well as representing either parent in these cases. This interdisciplinary event will address:
The symposium will be presented online and in person, and registration must be completed no later than Sunday, October 8th.
10:30am-11:00am | Keynote Speaker: A Firsthand Overview of Child Protective Services
Learn what children experience when child protective services become involved with a family and hear firsthand how the process impacts children's lives.
11:00am-11:45am | Child Development and the Court System: Recognizing Law as a Developmental Agent
This discussion will examine the topic of child development with respect to therapeutic jurisprudence and developmental jurisprudence, which views the law as a special rearer of children.
12:00pm-1:00pm | Child Abuse Allegations are Made, Now What Happens to the Child?
Child abuse allegations against a parent have lasting ramifications on a parent-child relationship. This panel will provide insight and practical tools to help parties address these serious allegations with respect to parenting time of the child as well as initial court proceedings to protect the child and DCFS' involvement in the case.
1:00pm-2:00pm | Addressing DCFS' Investigations & Results
Following child abuse allegations, there is an investigatory period that is intensive and can be lengthy. This panel will discuss what takes place during the investigation from the attorney's perspective as well as the court’s perspective, how to work with your clients during this period, what happens to the child during this time, and how to either accept or contest an indicative finding through an administrative appeal.
2:00pm-3:00pm | A Child's Life After a DCFS Finding: Adoption, Foster Care, & Guardianship
This panel will address the options for a child leaving protective services in Illinois, which option is right under certain circumstances, what to look out for when working with clients seeking one of these options, and the right questions to ask your client.
Up to 4.25 general Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits pending. DePaul University College of Law is an accredited CLE Provider.
CLE credit is extended to Illinois attorneys only. Attorneys who need CLE from other states are welcome to apply to their jurisdictions on their own. Extension of CLE credit is subject to each states approval.
In-person attendance will be taken October 10th and on-line attendance will be taken through an online login system. Attendees who do not attend the full conference will receive credit only for the parts they attend.
Thank you to OurFamilyWizard for sponsoring the breakfast and to the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center for providing lunch!
Tuesday, October 10 at 10:00am to 3:00pm
DePaul Center (DPC)
1 E Jackson Blvd