Welcome!

What can you expect in the blog section?

Some posts about legal issues in juvenile child welfare (obviously). 

Some posts about the procedural part of juvenile child welfare in Iowa.

And also some posts about the practical issues. 

  • What are kids thinking about, but not saying?
  • What matters most?
  • How do you get kids to tell the truth about what’s going on?
  • How do we talk to kids about what’s going on in age-appropriate and consistent ways, and what are some of the words/phrases that don’t always mean what we think they mean (to kids)?
  • What are some of the reasons that parents don’t do what we want them to do? Even when it’s an “easy” ask, and we’ve removed all “barriers” (we think)?

In other words, we’re going to cover a lot of ground. There may not be any rhyme or reason as to what I post when, because I sometimes post based on what’s going on in some of my cases (but without any confidential information being revealed, of course). 

If I tell a story, it’s “true,” but identifying factors have been changed. 

If you have questions, feel free to send them to me, and I will try to answer in a post or via email. 

My goal is to make this helpful and practical. 

~Jean