The MENTAL HEALTH LEGAL ADVISORS COMMITTEE presents a full-day seminar focused on advocacy for parents with mental health challenges seeking custody and/or parenting time with their children. Social workers, attorneys, parents, peers, and advocates are all invited to attend. A range of practitioners– including experienced clinicians, advocates, attorneys, a parent with lived experience, and both a probate and juvenile court judge – will cover topics such as research demonstrating the success of supports and interventions for parents, specific resources available for families, as well as the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act for court- and DCF-involved parents. Participants will learn practical information for how to support families, and strategies for how to apply and advocate for accommodations in the context of court proceedings.
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