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September 2013Vol. 14, No. 7Rise: Your Lawyer and You

In the summer 2013 issue of Rise magazine, a publication written by and for parents involved in the child welfare system, parents describe their experiences working with lawyers. This issue also presents some of the innovations enabling lawyers to be effective advocates and empowering parents to be heard in the courtroom.

One article, "Afraid to Speak Up," summarizes the author's heartbreaking introduction to the child welfare system, the removal of her children, her path to reunification, and her decision to become a Parent Partner who advocates for and provides guidance to other parents. She highlights her feelings, both good and bad, about the attorney who assisted her and the importance of other parents retaining strong legal counsel.  

Rise, 24, 2013, Your Lawyer and You, is available on the magazine's website: (530 KB)