Coming soon – through generous funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention through a grant awarded by the Division of Justice and Community Services, Public Defender Services will host a 40-hour virtual CLE series for West Virginia attorneys representing children in status offenses and delinquency cases. With expertise from the Juvenile Law […] Continue reading
The month of March is observed as Women’s History Month. But in the West Virginia criminal legal system, women are making history for the wrong reasons. West Virginia ranks ninth in the country for rates of incarcerating women, and female incarceration has grown 2,731% between 1978 to 2019. Nearly three-quarters (72.21%) of women incarcerated at Lakin Correctional Center […] Continue reading
Kaysee Brabb is the new SWIFT Defense social worker serving female criminal defendants in the 7th, 10th, 12th, 13th, and 25th Judicial Circuit Public Defender Corporations. Kaysee is a West Virginia native who grew up in Pipestem and is a December 2020 graduate of Concord University’s Master of Social Work program. Kaysee also earned her […] Continue reading
This case explored the issue of a relative preference in the placement of children who are not reunified with one or both of their parents. Briefly, the DHHR filed an abuse and neglect petition against the biological parents due to issues involving domestic violence and illicit drug use. The parents did not attempt to work […] Continue reading
The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA) was passed by the United States Congress to encourage the adoption of children who have been in foster care placements and to emphasize permanent living placements as quickly as possible. Specifically, a State must file a petition for termination of parental rights after a child has […] Continue reading
Suzanne Sellers, in a January 5, 2019 Letter to the Editor of the New York Times, thanks the paper for its apology to “crack mothers” who were demonized through journalism and the media with the popular tagline that stigmatized many substance using women and their children, “crack babies.” Ms. Sellers notes that she had been […] Continue reading
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