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May 2019

Disparities in Human Trafficking – Connecticut Kids in the Shadows

May 23, 2019, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
UConn Law School, Starr Hall, 45 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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Disparities in Human Trafficking. Connecticut Kids in the Shadows (recorded presentations) Tammy Sneed Director, Gender Responsive Adolescent Services, Department of Children and Families Director, Human Anti-trafficking Response Team (HART) Krystal Rich Director, Connecticut Children’s Alliance PPT Presentation (Tammy Sneed and Krystal Rich) Erin Williamson Director, U.S. Programs, Love 146 Yvette Young Project Director/HART Coordinator, Village for Families and Children Moderator Martha Stone Executive Director, Center for Children's Advocacy UConn School of Law 65 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, Starr Hall, Room 204…

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Overdue Utility Bills and Housing Stability – Using the Law to Help

May 31, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cornerstone Community Center, 3 Prospect Street
Vernon, CT
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Overdue Utility Bills Often Prevent Housing Stability Learn how to use the law to resolve utility bill arrearage Help Keep the Power On! Friday, May 31 from 10 am -11 am Cornerstone Community Center, 3 Prospect Street, Vernon, CT The challenges of housing stability can be harder with unpaid utility bills. Families and individuals who finally have an opportunity to secure housing often find that past utility arrearage may be a barrier to their move. Center for Children's Advocacy Attorney…

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October 2019

Pro Bono Legal Training to Represent Youth Aging Out of DCF Care

October 22, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
McCarter & English, 185 Asylum Street
Hartford, CT United States
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CCA's "800" project trains Connecticut attorneys to provide pro bono legal representation for youth who receive DCF 800 discharge notices or would like to re-engage with DCF.   October 22 and 29, 2019 - Please plan to attend both sessions. McCarter & English, Hartford, CT Classes qualify for CT CLEs.  Who are the youth we will represent? Older foster youth can age out of DCF care without any permanency options in their lives . . . 30% of the foster…

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Keep Utilities On – Hartford Clinic

October 25, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Gengras Auditorium, Gengras Auditorium, 1000 Asylum Ave
Hartford, CT 06106 United States
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October 25, 2019 from 1 pm - 4 pm St. Francis Hospital Gengras Auditorium, 1000 Asylum Avenue, Hartford  Click for details and to download flyers in English and Spanish. Legal volunteers will be available to: Provide budget counseling Review family income to determine eligibility and maximize state and federal benefits Meet with on-site utility company representatives to secure affordable payment arrangements and maintain utility service Walk-ins are welcome, but if possible, please ask that clients/patients register in advance: Bonnie Roswig,…

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November 2019

Pro Bono Legal Training to Represent Immigrant Children

November 1, 2019, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Robinson & Cole, 1055 Washington Blvd
Stamford, Connecticut 06901 United States
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Register Now for Pro Bono Legal Training to Represent Immigrant Youth in Connecticut Center for Children's Advocacy is training attorneys interested in providing legal representation for Connecticut youth who may qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Friday, November 1, 2019 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Robinson & Cole, 1055 Washington Blvd, Stamford, CT ​Lunch will be provided.  Click here for directions and parking information Cost for this training is $250. Training will qualify for Connecticut CLEs. Immigrant children in…

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Youth Re-Entry from Confinement: Challenges, Legal Rights, Best Practices

November 21, 2019, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
UConn Law School, Starr Hall, 45 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105 United States
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Center for Children's Advocacy Seminar Series Advocacy for Youth and Young Adults Re-Entering from Confinement Important panel discussion about the needs of youth re-entering the community, relevant legal rights, challenges faced, best practices. Panel Bios Tenille Bonilla, Justice Advisor, CT Juvenile Justice Alliance Greg Brunson, Director of Re-Entry, Domus Kids Inc. Hernán Carvente Martinez, National Youth Partnership Strategist at Youth First Initiative James Connolly, Esq., Deputy Director of Delinquency Defense, Office of the Chief Public Defender Scott Erfe, Director of…

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April 2020

COVID-19: Resources and Access to Help Vulnerable Children & Youth

April 3, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Center for Children's Advocacy Webinar   COVID-19 Resources Critical Information for Professionals Working with Vulnerable Children and Youth   Webinar Broadcast April 3 This event is full. Broadcast will be linked here once presentations are concluded.   Moderator: Stacey Violante Cote, Esq, Operations Director, CCA   Presenters: Alice Rosenthal, Esq, Sr. Staff Attorney, CCA Medical Legal Partnership Marisa Halm, Esq, Director, CCA Juvenile Justice Project Stacy Schleif, Esq, Sr. Staff Attorney, CCA Child Abuse Project   Our apologies, but this…

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June 2020

Hartford Probation Officers Education Training

June 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Hartford Probation Officers Education Training Covid Legal Guidance CCA Attorney Marisa Halm, Director, TeamChild Juvenile Justice Project

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Spring for Kids!

June 17, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CT United States

Spring for Kids!    Virtual Event   An Inspiring Evening of Remarkable Stories Please join us to support the Center for Children's Advocacy and honor our 2020 Champions of Children: Sandra Cruz-Serrano, CREC Deputy Executive Director State Representative Jeff Currey, Deputy Majority Leader    Click here to register for our online event Click here for our online auction Click here to donate or sponsor We are working hard for kids who have no one else to turn to.   

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Invisible Kids during Covid-19

June 30, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Center for Children's Advocacy Webinar Series   Invisible Kids during Covid-19   < Click to watch recorded presentation. Please note: due to technical difficulty, webinar introducftion was deleted and video begins with first presenter. Children who were vulnerable before the pandemic began are suffering even greater disparities in care and opportunity because of school and camp closures. Learn about: risks posed to vulnerable children due to shutdown of schools and limited summer programs. early warning signs related to abuse and neglect;…

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