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Appendix A

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   The Nebraska Supreme Court, through the Administrative Office of the Court, shall provide specialized training for guardians ad litem, at no or nominal cost, which shall take place at various intervals throughout the year and at various locations throughout the state. The Administrative Office of the Courtshall be responsible for the development of the specific curriculum for the training of guardians ad litem in the State of Nebraska. The Administrative Office of the Courtshall direct the development ofthe specific curriculum with consultation from qualified experts, groups, or organizations, including but not limited to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the American Bar Association Center on Children and Law, and the Child Welfare League of America with any potential costs of this consultation paid by the Nebraska Court Improvement Project. The Administrative Office of the Court shall direct the provision of the initial six-hour training in each judicial district. Such training shall be directed in a way which ensures statewide uniformity, such as the provision of training by a core group of presenters throughout the state. Responsibility for payment of the costs of the training itself shall be assumed by the Supreme Court through the Court Improvement Project. Travel and meal costs shall not be provided by the Court.

   After the initial year of this Rule’s implementation, the Administrative Office of the Court shall arrange and provide training at no or nominal cost which shall take place at various intervals throughout the year and at various locations throughout theState.These training sessions shall include the six-hour basic training for new guardians ad litem as well as three-hour advanced training for guardians ad litem who have completed the six-hour training.

   The Administrative Office of the Courtshall provide notice regarding scheduled training sessions. The Administrative Office of the Court shall maintain a list of attorneys who are current in their required guardian ad litem training and shall make such list available to all judges with juvenile court jurisdiction.

   The specialized training sessions shall provide training, information, and education regarding the role, duties, and responsibilities of a guardian ad litem, which shall include, but not be limited to, the following areas:

   (A) Overview of the Juvenile Court System;

   (B) Statutory duties and authority of a guardian ad litem, including any performance standards adopted by the Nebraska Supreme Court;

   (1) Requirements of guardian ad litem report.

   (2) Instructions for preparing a guardian ad litem report.

   (3) Ethical issues and the role of a guardian ad litem.

   (C) Issues which impact or impair the functioning of families, including but not limited to:

   (1) Dynamics of child abuse and neglect;

   (2) Substance abuse and mental health issues;

   (3) Poverty, employment, and housing;

   (4) Domestic violence;

   (5) Physical, psychological, and psychiatric health issues;

   (6) Education;

   (7) Visitation and demonstration of parental skills.

   (D) Training in the techniques of gathering relevant information and resources:

   (1) Interviewing skills, regarding both children and adults;

   (2) How to obtain and interpret reports from other professionals and providers;

   (3) Inquiry into appropriateness and stability of juveniles’ placement.

   (E) Psychological aspects of children, including child development issues;

   (F) Permanency Planning: Family preservation, reunification, adoption, guardianship, another permanent planned living arrangement;

   (1) Appropriate parental-child relationship, bonding, attachment, and effects of separation and loss;

   (2) Developmental considerations: age appropriate visitation, with particular emphasis on the needs and vulnerabilities of children age 0-5.

   (G) Cultural, ethnic diversity, and gender issues;

   (H) Relevant state and federal statutes and case law;

   (I) Indian Child Welfare Act;

   (J) Legal advocacy, mediation, and negotiation skills.

 

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