There are attorneys who serve on the Livingston County Model Court Core Teams,
but others are welcome to attend. Attorneys interested in participating may
contact Carole Church
, Project Coordinator.
The Livingston County Model Court supports attorneys continuously
improving and enhancing their skills. The following are some resources to assist
attorneys handling child protection cases.
The Juvenile Court hosts a
series of Brown Bag lunch presentations. To find out about upcoming sessions,
contact Sandra Aspinall
, Juvenile Referee.SCAO Child Welfare Training and Development
The Child Welfare Information Gateway
provides information on a wide
variety of topics.
Domestic Violence: Many families involved in Juvenile
Court have a history of domestic violence. Parents who have been victims of
domestic violence should know that they have supports available in the
community. For more information about LACASA
, Livingston County’s Domestic
Violence organization. Parents who
have perpetrated domestic violence should know that the community supports
efforts toward positive change, but that domestic violence must stop.
Domestic Violence involves not just physical violence, but involves a
person abusing a spouse, dating partner, or parent of their children, because
the abuser believes the abuser has a right to control the other person. The
abuse usually is carried out over time in what is called a pattern of abuse. The
pattern of abuse may involve physical, sexual, emotional, financial, and other
forms of abuse. LACASA has a Domestic Abuse Intervention
, which is a group that lasts 40 weeks. Perpetrators of domestic
violence are expected to complete this program and demonstrate that they have
stopped all abusive behaviors.