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​Child Welfare Parent Attorney Training:  Preserving Families by Protecting Rights

In September 2015, the State Court Administrative Office Child Welfare Services Division recorded a live training on parent legal representation in child protective proceedings.  The recordings and correlating training materials are listed below for you to view at your convenience.

Background and Purpose 

The training includes a comprehensive overview of the procedural rights provided to parents by statutes, court rules, case law, and Department of Health and Human Services policies. The training reviews the major decisions that must be made in a child protective case (e.g., removal, creation of a service plan, termination of parental rights, etc.), and discusses advocacy techniques that parents’ lawyers can use to protect their client’s rights. Attorneys will also learn how to preserve issues for the purpose of appeal.

Target Audience

This training was developed for attorneys representing parents in child protective proceedings.


  • Tracy Green, Legal Director, Detroit Center for Family Advocacy, The University of Michigan Law School
  • Vivek S. Sankaran, Director, Child Advocacy Law Clinic, Child Welfare Appellate Clinic, The University of Michigan Law School

​Training Materials

Click on the presentation title to download the speaker's materials.


 Preliminary Hearing: Preventing Unnecessary Removals


 The First 60 Days


 Winning Adjudication Trials


 Defending Against TPR Petitions


 Cases Parent Attorneys Must Know


​Staff Contact

Elizabeth Henderson

(517) 373-2621


Kate McPherson

(517) 373-5322