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Legal Training for Dependency, Neglect and Abuse


The Legal Training for Dependency, Neglect and Abuse Cases Program prepares attorneys throughout the state to provide legal representation to abused and neglected children and their parents. The Administrative Office of the Courts has overseen this training seminar program since 1999. The goal of the program is to produce highly qualified guardians ad litem and court-appointed counsel in DNA cases by offering training sessions, providing educational materials and serving as a comprehensive resource.

More than 9,000 Kentucky children are in state custody because they have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Federal and state laws mandate that these children be placed in permanent homes. Guardians ad litem play an important role in ensuring that children receive fair and expeditious attention from the judicial system and are placed in appropriate homes in a timely manner.

Training Seminars

The Administrative Office of the Courts Department of Family and Juvenile Services is accepting registrants for Legal Training for Dependency, Neglect and Abuse Cases seminars. 

Training is free for attorneys seeking continuing legal education credit and licensed social workers in private practice seeking continuing education units.

The training seminar is also available to people actively involved in dependency, neglect and abuse cases. Registration is open to Kentucky judges, personnel with the Department of Community Based Services, Citizen Foster Care Review Board members, and Court Appointed Special Advocates.

The training curriculum gives attorneys an overview of Kentucky statutory and case law. The course also focuses on the federal law that requires reasonable efforts to keep families together and provide children with safe and permanent homes.

The AOC offers a Legal Training for Dependency, Neglect and Abuse Cases training seminar at various locations throughout Kentucky each year. To register for a training, click on a date and location under Training Seminars on this page.

Training Seminars

Legal trainings for May have been canceled due to COVID-19. Other options are being considered. Please continue checking this page for updates.