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 accelerate permanency and improve permanency 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.

Continuing Education Approval:

  • MCLE Information: The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider and this event has been approved for 10 hours of general MCLE credit hours, 1.0 hour of Legal Ethics MCLE credit and 1.0 hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE credit.
  • CE Information: The Training Provides Continuing Education Hours for the Following Professionals: LMFTs & LCSWs: The Judicial Council of California, Center for Families, Children & the Courts (CFCC), provider number 58804, is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for licensees of the California Board of Behavioral Science (BBS). CFCC maintains responsibility for this program and it content. The approved trainings meet the qualifications for continuing education (CE) credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Eligible California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) Education Hours: 12.0 hours Maximum

Upcoming Training Dates:

  • The pilot training program will be presented online on June 11-12, 2020. See agenda below
  • The first regional training program will be held in Redding on Aug. 6-7, 2020
  • The second regional training program will be held in San Francisco on Sept. 2-3, 2020.


The Pursuit of Permanency: The First 90 Days 
June 11-12, 2020 — offered online via Zoom!

June 11, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Welcome / Overview of Training Program
  • Cornerstone Advocacy Training (4 hours)
    • Michele Cortese, Executive Director, Center for Family Representation
    • Rebecca Horwitz Ingerman, Attorney, Children's Law Center of California
  • Improving Dependency Court Performance and Accelerating Permanency (3 hours) & 
    Strategies/Efforts/Advocacy in the First 90 Days: Ethical Considerations (1 hour)
    • Hon. Marian Gaston, Assistant Presiding Judge, San Diego Superior Court, Juvenile Division
    • Carolyn Griesemer, Executive Director, Children's Legal Services of San Diego
    • Adam Reed, Managing Director, Dependency Legal Services of San Diego
    • Caitlin Rae, Chief Deputy County Counsel, San Diego Office of County Counsel-Juvenile Dependency Division
    • Alice Kennedy, Assistant Director, Child Welfare Services, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency
    • Sarah Pauter, Founder and CEO, Phenomenal Families
    • Moderator: Christina Riehl
  • Participant feedback re Day 1 curriculum

June 12 
8:00 am - 12:20 pm

  • Population-Specific Permanency Issues (1.5 hours)
    • Antonia “Toni” Torres, Protective Services Program Manager, Child Welfare Services, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency
    • Sue Abrams, Director of Policy and Training, Children's Law Center of California
  • How Recent Policy Changes (Family First, CCR) Effect Permanency (1.5 hours)
    • Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director, Youth Law Center
  • Identifying and Addressing Bias and How it Impacts Permanency Efforts (1 hour)
    • David Meyers, COO, Dependency Legal Services
  • Participant feedback re Day 2 curriculum/closing remarks


If you have questions about these upcoming training programs, or to register for the online training on June 11-12, 2020, please email Elisa Weichel at If registering for the June 11-12 training, please describe your role or connection to the child welfare system.