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Caregiver Custody Training Manual

Below you will find Children’s Law Center’s comprehensive Caregiver Custody Training Manual, broken up into its component tabs.  

Tab 1: Introduction
Includes the manual table of contents and our Pro Bono FAQs.  

Tab 2: Client Realities and Cultural Humility 
Includes articles and resources on cultural humility particularly as it relates to family law.  

Tab 3: Overview and Beginning Steps
Includes an overview of the initial steps to working on a caregiver custody case, including interview tips, e-filing in DC family court, and sample praecipes. 

Tab 4: Custody and Domestic Violence Law and Procedure
Includes a variety of resources including a primer on custody law in DC and an overview of the procedural steps of a custody case. Also includes a primer on Civil Protection Order cases and a Domestic Violence case digest.

Tab 5: Sample Third-Party Complaint, Answer
Includes a sample custody complaint and answer.

Tab 6: Services and Resources in DR Cases
Includes a variety of resources, including assessment tools, parent coordination, mediation, researching court records, and a list of court contacts.

Tab 7: Grandparent Caregiver Resources
Includes information and application for Grandparent Caregivers subsidy, joint TANF-Medicaid application, and information on grandfamilies.