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Dec/Jan 2010Vol. 10, No. 10QIC for Fatherhood Provides Training for Lawyers

The National Quality Improvement Center (QIC) on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System offers a curriculum designed to provide guidance to lawyers on how to navigate issues affecting fathers and their children involved in child welfare proceedings. It provides practical strategies to parents' attorneys who represent nonresident fathers who are often not the perpetrators of abuse or neglect.

Instructor guides, PowerPoint slides, handouts, and posttest instruments with answer keys are available for each of the following lessons:

  • Asserting the Constitutional Rights of Non-Resident Fathers With Children Involved in Child Welfare Proceedings
  • Effective Ways to Advocate for Non-Resident Fathers Outside the Courtroom
  • Effective Ways to Advocate for Non-Resident Fathers Inside the Courtroom
  • Ethical Considerations for Attorneys Representing Non-Resident Fathers

The American Bar Association also provides some free technical assistance to trainers as they adapt and use this curriculum. More information on the curriculum, available free on CD, and other resources are on the QIC website: