Preserving Families Through Primary Prevention
Removing a child from the family and placing them in foster care is a traumatizing experience that can result in lifelong negative impacts for both children and parents.
Primary prevention efforts in the community can address issues long before there is system involvement.
How do these programs work, and how can lawyers help? On Feb. 1, 2022, our panel comprising Prof. Matthew Fraidin, of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law; Nena Villamar, J.D. '96 chief of the Parental Defense Division at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender; and Christopher Church, senior director for strategic consulting at Casey Family Programs, discussed these issues.
Baltimore Law Prof. Shanta Trivedi, faculty director of the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts, moderated the discussion.
Professor, University of the District of Columbia
Senior Director, Casey Family Programs
Nena Villamar, J.D. '96
Chief of the Parental Defense Division, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Faculty Director, UB Law Center for Families, Children and the Courts.
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