Resources for Social Workers

Advokids recognizes the critical role of social workers in the juvenile court dependency process. We offer legal and multi-disciplinary trainings for social workers which explain the Federal and state laws that guide the juvenile court in their decision making along with state child welfare regulations and policies. Our curriculum incorporates childhood mental health research and trauma informed child advocacy tools.

Please contact our office if you are interested in scheduling a training in your county. Call 1.415.924.0587 or contact us here at Advokids.

Online Trainings:

NEW: How to Access the Juvenile Court: A Legal Training For Caregivers: This 1.5-hour training covers federal and state laws that afford foster caregivers the right to information about the child in their care and the right to participate and to be heard in juvenile court. Learn more.

Improving Access, Advocacy, and Accountability in Juvenile Court

Court Access

  • Juvenile Court Process
  • For Foster Youth
  • Information For Caregivers
  • Information for Relatives
  • Sibling Information
  • De Facto Parent Information
  • Prospective Adoptive Parent
  • Request to Change Court Order


  • Childhood Mental Health
  • Placement and Permanency Planning
  • Visitation
  • Transitions
  • The Sibling Bond
  • Team Decision Making (TDM)
  • Trauma Informed Practice


  • Reporting and Information Sharing
  • Requesting a Grievance Review Hearing
  • Protection of the Child Through Juvenile Court

Placement and Permanency Planning in Juvenile Court

  • 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
  • JV-290 Caregiver Report Form, De facto Parent Status, JV-295JV-296 and Prospective Adoptive Parent Status, JV-321

 For further information, or to schedule a training, please contact us



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