The Pursuit of Permanency: The First 90 Days

The University of San Diego School of Law's Children's Advocacy Institute is pleased to offer a 12-hour training program on promising and effective practices and strategies to positively impact permanency efforts and outcomes, with a special focus on the first 90 days of a child welfare case.  Sponsored by the California Judicial Council, this training is intended for judicial officers, attorneys, child welfare professionals, probation officers, tribal representatives and advocates, community advocates, CASAs, and other interested persons. This training is offered at no cost to the participants.

The term permanency, as used in the context of this training program, means permanent connections for children and youth. This can be in the form of reunification or finding another permanent home, and includes connections to the child's biological family, neighborhood, and culture.


PLEASE NOTE: During 2021, CAI will offer two virtual presentations of this 12-hour training program (see dates below). During 2022, we hope to be able to present four in-person trainings throughout California. Please check back here for updates regarding all of these trainings.

2021 Virtual Training #1 (Registration info coming soon!)

  • May 12, 2021: 12:30pm-5:00pm
  • May 14, 2021: 8:00am-12:25pm
  • May 19, 2021: 12:30pm-5:00pm 

2021 Virtual Training #2

  • Sept. 10, 2021: 12:30pm-5:00pm
  • Sept. 15, 2021: 8:00am-12:25pm
  • Sept. 17, 2021: 12:30pm-5:00pm 


Topics that will be covered during the 2021 Virtual Trainings include the following:

  • Cornerstone Advocacy Approach
  • Advocating for Permanency During the First Stages of Dependency
  • Pre-Detention Activities and How They Impact Permanency 
  • Ethical Considerations and Obligations
  • Population-Specific Permanency Issues: Indian and Native American Children and Families: Inquiry and Notice
  • Population-Specific Permanency Issues: Indian and Native American Children and Families: Placement 
  • Neurodevelopmentally-Informed Decision Making for the First 90 Days
  • Finding Permanency for Older Youth
  • How Recent Policy Changes (Family First, CCR) Impact Permanency
  • Bias in the Child Welfare System: How it Impacts Permanency Efforts During the First 90 Days

If you have questions about the upcoming training programs, please email Elisa Weichel at