OFFICE OF KENTUCKY LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAMS 310 LEXINGTON BUILDING 201 WEST SHORT STREET LEXINGTON, KY 40507 RICHARD SECKEL, DIRECTOR PHONE 859-233-3057 RICHSECKEL@PRODIGY.NET FAX 859-255-6227 FAMILY LAW TASK FORCE DATE: May 9, 2007 via fax -- 3 pages TO: Family Law Task Force FROM: Karen Alfano, Deborah Spring, Rich Seckel RE: Agenda for May 24 meeting ___________________________________________________________________ Here's the proposed agenda for the next legal services Family Law Task Force meeting: Date: Thursday, May 24 Time: 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET Place: Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, Community Room 498 Georgetown Street Lexington Agenda: The issue made headlines last year, but has anything been done about “quick trigger” removals and terminations of parental rights of low income parents? We‟ll see where things stand. Plus, case discussions, Kentucky‟s new human trafficking law, free box lunches! __ Yes, I’m coming to the meeting. Name: ______________________________ Program: ____________ Office:________ Here‟s a suggested topic: __________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ Please sign up to help us get an accurate lunch count! Fax to: Rich Seckel at 859-233-0007 Family Law Task Force Proposed Agenda May 24, 2006 Something new! Call Karen, Deborah or Anne Marie! To prepare for case discussions, we invite you to call the chairs or Anne Marie before the meeting to have an initial consultation: Karen Alfano: 606-439-2315 Deborah Spring: 606-679-7313 Anne Marie: 502-584-0349 10:45 Welcome and Introductions 10:50 Update and Discussion: Quick Trigger Removals and Adoptions The question has made headlines and triggered legislative hearings and a Blue Ribbon Panel. Is Kentucky engaging in “quick trigger” child removals, terminations of parental rights and adoptions? Anne Marie gives us an update on the issues, the proposals and what comes next. We‟ve also asked some friends to join us for the discussion: the Children‟s Law Center, KDVA, Women in Transition, attorney Robin Cook and Rep. Susan Westrom. Should programs represent more parents and kids? We‟ll then discuss the legal services response. Despite the availability of payment for private counsel, should programs represent more parents? What if lawmakers provide state funds? Deborah Spring reports on a new work group. Meanwhile, you can look at Anne Marie‟s recommendations to the Blue Ribbon Panel and several recent studies and reports: OKLSP - Comments for Blue Ribbon Panel on Adoption(final).doc 11:50 CATS assessments: Are they useful and perceptive reports or recitations of boilerplate? We‟ve heard varying reviews from parents and advocates about the “CATS” assessment the state uses to evaluate “ability to parent.” The acronym stands for Comprehensive Assessment and Training Services. Deborah Spring starts off the discussion. 12:10 Lunch 12:50 Issue Updates and Resources Grandparent handbook: Take a look at the new online version of Help: A Handbook for Kentucky Grandparents and Other Caregives at www.kyjustice.org. David Godfrey of AJF took the lead, with several collaborators and funders, in developing this comprehensive guide. We‟ve invited David to do a show and tell. Human trafficking: The General Assembly has passed Senate Bill 43, a bill defining human trafficking and making it a crime under Kentucky law. OKLSP‟s Cori Hash and Rich Seckel worked on the legislation. We‟ll cover: o What the bill does and what more may be needed next year o Signs that you may be dealing with a trafficking victim o Services that may be useful to victims 1:30 Case Consultation Bring „em on. Call Deborah, Karen and/or Anne Marie for a pre-meeting consultation. This time is set aside for practioners. We will also get a brief update on: Warning order attorney: Should IFP clients or legal services programs that represent them have to pay fees for warning order attorneys? A client won at the Court of Appeals, in a decision that said Kentucky Legal Aid did not have to pay the fee. Now the case goes to the Supremes. Anne Marie Regan is working with Natalie Bash of Kentucky Legal Aid.
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