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May 2012Vol. 13 No. 4Online Legal, Judicial Resources

An array of resources supporting effective judicial practice in child welfare cases is available on the Children's Law Advocacy Resources Online (CLARO) website. While the purpose of the website is to facilitate communication among organizations working to improve child protection processes in Louisiana, many of the resources are produced by national organizations. The resource directory links to information packets, PowerPoint presentations, online curricula, and other resources.

The target audiences for the materials include judges and other stakeholders, such as attorneys, social workers, court-appointed special advocates (CASAs), service providers, families, and youth. The topical scope includes Child and Family Services Reviews; court administration; data and technology; disproportionate minority representation; legal representation; reasonable efforts; safety, permanency, and well-being; social work; and title IV-E reviews. Resources specific to Louisiana include judicial bench cards, legislation, case law, court rules, and model court orders. The website also provides child welfare training events.

CLARO is a project of the Louisiana Court Improvement Program (CIP)/Children's Advocacy Resource Effort (CARE), which provides statewide guidance and assistance to a wide range of stakeholders in the child welfare system.

An index of available resources is available on the CLARO website: