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October 2019

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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August 2020

Cooks in the Kitchen

August 25, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

A Virtual Cooking Class with Chef Raquel Rivera We are pleased to have Chef Raquel Rivera, owner of A Pinch Of Salt, as our guest chef! Chef Raquel welcomes people with all levels of cooking skills, sharing the desire to feel comfortable in the kitchen and eat wonderful food. She finds it a pleasure to help her students successfully prepare a full-course menu. With Chef Raquel's guidance, cooking doesn't have to be difficult. We will cook superb food in little…

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September 2020

Educational Rights in the Time of COVID

September 17, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Educational Rights in the Time of COVID-19 Addressing the Needs and Legal Rights of Special Education Students, English Language Learners and Students with Healthcare Needs Webinar Broadcast September 17, 2020 Moderator Marisa M. Halm, Esq, Director, CCA TeamChild Juvenile Justice Project Presenters Wendy Cárdenas, Senior Organizer, Make the Road CT Patricia Marealle, Esq, Staff Attorney, CCA Immigrant Children's Justice Project Kathryn Meyer, Esq, Director, CCA SpeakUp Initiatives Alice Rosenthal, Esq, Sr. Staff Attorney, CCA Medical Legal Partnership Kiomary Sotillo, CT Parent…

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October 2020

Domestic Violence, the Pandemic, and Your Practice

October 29, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presented by Center for Children's Advocacy and the CT Division of Public Defender Services  Domestic Violence, the Pandemic, and Your Practice An Important Look at the Status of Domestic Violence in the midst of COVID Click HERE to watch the recorded webinar October 29, 2020 from 1 pm - 2 pm Panel presentation and conversation moderated by Stacy Schleif, Senior Staff Attorney Child Abuse Project, Center for Children's Advocacy Panelists Alison Karimi, MSW Intimate Partner Violence Consultant Department of Children and Families Click…

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