One Week Institute on Child Welfare

Capital University Law School
May 18 – 22, 2009
Columbus, Ohio

Capital University Law School, in conjunction with the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy, is pleased to offer a one-week intensive Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute (ICWI). This two-credit course will provide law students and graduate level social work students with a mutual understanding of the legal and sociological principles central to child welfare practice. In the increasingly complex world of child welfare, quality collaboration among legal and social work professionals is critical to keeping children safe and strengthening families.

Interdisciplinary learning provides a common foundation for students from different professional programs and an environment for developing the skills required of future child welfare attorneys and social workers.

Capital University also offers the Summer Adoption Law Institute, another two-credit, one-week intensive course offered August 3 -7, 2009 that will explore adoption and related child protection issues from both academic and practitioner perspectives.

The tuition for the summer 2009 is $1,074 per credit hour for a total amount of $2,148 for this two-credit course. There will not be a course fee for this course.

ICWI will cover such topics as:
* Constitutional rights of parents and children and the responsibility of the State to protect children from maltreatment
* History of child welfare law
* Child welfare systems in the United States: key federal policy and statutes and state structures
* Legal definitions and practice implications
* Child development and interviewing children
* Family dynamics of child maltreatment
* Ethical and professional considerations for interdisciplinary practice
* Preparing for trials and providing expert testimony
* Permanency planning and negotiating for best solutions for children and families

The course will also provide:
* Opportunities for interdisciplinary exercises and problem-solving
* Optional interdisciplinary externship component available. Click here for more information.

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Dorm rooms are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Rate may range from $28 to $35 per person per night. This fee must be paid in advance of the class. The dorms are not located at the law school and are about a ten minute car ride or 30 minute bus ride between the two campuses. Transportation to and from is not provided. If you would like to reserve a room please contact Jenifer Thompson. ICWI students will be in College Avenue Hall.

If you have general questions, please email or call 614.236.6730.