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Advocating for Nonresident Fathers in Child Welfare Court Cases Checklist Mobile App

The Advocating for Nonresident Fathers in Child Welfare Court Cases Checklist mobile app is designed to assist with representing nonresident fathers in dependency cases. The app covers fighting for custody, ensuring successful visits, proving father’s fitness to parent and achieving custody goals. When emailing your GoCanvas generated PDF you can select a “From” email address from any users email in your account instead of having them come from donotreply@gocanvas.com.

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    Fight for custody if your client wishes

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    Inform the agency of the father’s interest in custody promptly.

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    Remind the agency of the father’s interest in custody throughout the case.

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    Request a concurrent goal of custody with the father.

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    Ensure successful visits

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    If necessary, seek court-ordered visitation based on the agency’s “reasonable efforts” obligations.

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    Encourage the father to:

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    accept every visit offered;

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    avoid arriving late or leaving early;

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    confirm visits in advance;

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    call the caseworker if an emergency prevents him from attending; and

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    alert you if transportation to visits is an issue.

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    Press the agency for a more accessible visit location or schedule if necessary.

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    Request longer, more frequent visits as the case progresses.

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    Work with the caseworker, father and (when appropriate) a counselor if visits go poorly.

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    Prove the father’s fitness to parent at trial

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    Offer evidence of your client’s physical capacity to parent by showing he:

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    has safe and appropriate housing;

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    has sufficient financial resources;

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    has access to child care or school for the child, if necessary; and

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    will be able to access services he and the child need once the case closes.

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    Show your client understands and can meet the child’s physical and emotional needs (e.

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    competent full- or part-time caretaking of other children;

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    progress on a case plan;

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    a responsive attitude to the child at visitation and/or before the case.

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    Help fathers who do not want custody achieve their other goals

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    If the father wants his child placed with a relative:

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    Ensure the agency knows the client’s wishes.

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