Continuing Legal Education Topics and Trainings for Attorneys


Advokids is a California State Bar approved continuing legal education provider that focuses its trainings exclusively on juvenile dependency law. Pursuant to California Rules of Court § 5.660, within every three years, attorneys representing children in dependency court must complete at least eight hours of continuing education related to dependency proceedings. Advokids provides legal training to attorneys throughout California.

Please contact Advokids if you are interested in scheduling a training for your group or organization.

For a list of current training topics we offer, please see below.  Should you need a training tailored for your group or organization, please let us know how we can address those needs by contacting us directly.  Call 415.924.0587 or contact us here.


Dependency 101 - A Legal Seminar

(8 hours - State Bar of California approved MCLE credit, .5 hours Ethics credit. This course will satisfy the California Rule of Court §5.660(d)(3) minimum eight hour training requirement for attorneys seeking to represent parties in juvenile dependency cases.)

A course in basic dependency law and procedure for attorneys new to dependency law or those seeking a refresher course. Organized around each stage of a dependency case, this course covers the issues that regularly arise and the procedures that apply at each stage of the case. Designed to give attorneys an introduction to the statutes, rules of court, and case law applicable to dependency proceedings. This training will touch on child development issues: what constitutes child abuse and neglect, substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health issues. The course will also address family reunification and preservation, reasonable services, and the importance and impact of these issues within the child welfare system.


Improving Access, Advocacy, and Accountability in the Juvenile Court

(3 hours - State Bar of California approved MCLE credit)

  • ASFA and child welfare policy
  • Critical advocacy at disposition – the statutory requirements: paternity, relatives, siblings, the permanency alternative placement
  • Critical crafting of measurable reunification plans
  • Review hearings and mandated federal and state timelines
  • Review hearings and mandated reporting under WIC §§ 366.21(d), 293(f), 309(e)
  • Fact based reporting and caseworker visits
  • Transition Plans
  • Requests to change a court order under WIC § 388
  • De Facto Parent Status – the myths and the realities
  • Actions to Commence Proceedings in Juvenile Court under WIC §§ 329, 331


Placement and Permanency Planning in Juvenile Court

(3 hours - State Bar of California approved MCLE credit)

  • The critical first 60 days
  • Placement issues at detention, disposition, and review hearings; paternity, ICWA, siblings, relatives
  • Timelines: why they matter
  • Sibling placement considerations
  • Conflicts of interest when representing a sibling group
  • CDSS Regulations
  • Guardianship and adoption planning
  • Trauma informed advocacy
  • Caregiver Report Form, JV-290
  • De facto Parent Status, JV-295JV-296
  • Prospective Adoptive Parent Status, JV-321


Representing the Child In Dependency Proceedings

(2.25 hours - State Bar of California approved MCLE credit, including one hour Ethics credit)

  • Child’s right to representation and competency of counsel
  • Ethical issues
  • Standards of practice and duties of counsel
  • Substantive law issues that especially affect the child


Juvenile Dependency Legislative and Case Law Update

(2.25 hours - State Bar of California approved MCLE credit)

  • Recent legislation applicable to juvenile dependency law
  • Recent changes and additions to Rules of Court and Judicial Council forms applicable to juvenile dependency practice
  • California Supreme Court decisions on juvenile dependency law in the last 12 months
  • Significant appellate decisions over the last 12 months interpreting dependency statutes and addressing other juvenile dependency issues


ICWA Notice Requirements in Juvenile Dependency Cases: the Role of Counsel for the Parents and Child

(2 hours - State Bar of California approved MCLE credit)

  • California’s codification of federal requirements
  • Rules of Court implementing codification and appellate decisions interpreting ICWA notice requirements
  • Social worker’s duty of inquiry
  • Court’s duty of inquiry
  • Agency’s duty to give notice, when notice is required, who is entitled to notice and items that must be included with notice
  • Mailing and certification requirements
  • Duty to file with court and serve on parties
  • Hearing on whether a child is an Indian child, timing and notice
  • Attorney’s roles in assuring accuracy and adequacy of notice

De Facto Parent Representation: an Emerging Specialty

(2 hours - State Bar of California approved MCLE credit)

  • Legal definition
  • Non-statutory designation
  • Rules of Court
  • Case law and considerations
  • When to request
  • How long is long enough – it’s not all about time
  • JV Forms – 295296, 297
  • Procedural rights of De Facto Parent
  • Appellate rights
  • Effective participation by De Facto Parents

Paternity: What Do You Need to Know

(2 hours - State Bar of California approved MCLE credit)

  • Review and discussion of laws and cases related to presumed, biological, adjudicated, alleged, Kelsey S., and equitable paternity determinations
  • Determining parentage in dependency cases
  • Establishing parentage in dependency cases
  • The rights that flow from each type of parentage established

Six Months Is a Long Time

(3 hours - State Bar of California approved MCLE credit)

  • A young child’s sense of time
  • Engaging parents on day #1
  • Relative search requirements
  • Bypass options
  • Critical crafting of specific, measurable, and dynamic reunification requirements
  • Assessing and improving parent-infant emotional engagement
  • Visitation
  • Addiction, recovery and the delicate balance of time
  • The neuroscience of attachment
  • Fact based reporting
  • Transitioning a child home
  • Preventing re-entry

Continuing Legal Education Available Online:


Dependency Law Update 2021 - This course reviews and analyzes the 2021 California appellate opinions addressing juvenile dependency law and procedure as well as the 2021 changes and additions to the statutes and rules of court applicable to dependency cases. Learn more

De Facto Parent Representation: An Emerging Specialty - This 1.5 hour course covers the law and procedures governing de facto parent status in dependency cases and issues that often arise in representing de facto parents. Learn more

Dependency 101 - This 8-hour online training covers basic dependency law and procedure for attorneys new to dependency law or those seeking a refresher course. Learn more

Representing the Child in Juvenile Dependency Proceedings - This 2.25 hour course covers the legal and practice standards for attorneys representing children in dependency proceedings as well as the substantive legal issues that may impact the child client. Learn more

Dependency Update: 2020 Cases and Statutes - This 2.25-hour online training is for attorneys practicing dependency law who want to keep abreast of new developments in California child welfare law. Program materials include written summaries of the appellate decisions reviewed and copies of the statutes, showing how they were amended. Learn more

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