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Schedule: The Plot Thickens: Permanency Planning and Review Hearings in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Cases
9:30-9:55 Registration

9:55-10:00 Introduction and Welcome - CIP

10:00-10:30 PPT on statutes about review hearings Wendy
  • 7B-903 Dispositional alternatives
  • 7B-903.1(3) referring to 7B-505.1 Medical Consent
  • 7B-904 Authority over parents
  • 7B-905.1 Visitation
  • 7B-906.1 Review and PPH hearings
10:30-10:50 Panel on Review Hearings
  • Medical Consent
  • Reasonable Efforts
  • Relatives/Kin
  • Visitation
10:50-11:20 Fact Pattern/Group Discussion/Debrief
11:20-11:50 FPPT on Concurrent Planning - Angie
  • 7B-906.1 Review and PPH hearings
  • 7B-906.2 Permanent Plans; concurrent planning
11:50-12:30 Lunch
12:30-12:50 Panel on Concurrent Planning
  • Concurrent planning-what does it look like?
  • Eliminating reunification as a permanent plan
12:50-1:20 Fact Pattern/Group Discussion/Debrief
1:20-1:50 PPT on Normalcy and on Older Youth - Deana
  • 7B-903.1 Juvenile Placed in Custody of DSS
  • 7B-912 Juveniles 14 years of age and older
  • SB423
1:50-2:00 Break
2:00-2:20 Panel on Older Youth Issues
  • Role of foster parent
  • Role of parent
  • Role of GAL
2:20-2:50 Fact Pattern/Group Discussion/Debrief
2:50-3:00 Wrap up

4 General CLE Hours


Deana K. Fleming, J.D., is an Associate Legal Counsel with the Legal and Legislative Services Division of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and primarily advises and trains staff and attorneys with the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Services Division on juvenile court issues, child advocacy, and relevant legislation. She has been with AOC and the GAL Program since 2004. Prior to coming to AOC she worked in Durham as a private family law attorney and as an Assistant Public Defender representing custodial parents in abuse, neglect and dependency court. Deana is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her law degree from North Carolina Central University.

Wendy C. Sotolongo received her JD from the UNC School of Law in 1987. She was a staff attorney with Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville, NC from 1987 to 1990, primarily representing victims of domestic violence in civil proceedings. From 1990 to 2006, she practiced almost exclusively in AND court as a DSS attorney, a solo practitioner and as a GAL Attorney Advocate. In December 2006, she began working at the Office of Indigent Services (IDS) in the newly created position of Parent Representation Coordinator. The mission of the program is to ensure effective legal representation of indigent parents involved in abuse/neglect/dependency and termination of parental rights proceedings by providing training, support and guidelines to parent attorneys; advocating for systemic and legislative changes in the child welfare system; and assessing the delivery of legal services to indigent parents across the state.

Angenette Stephenson, J.D., M.S.W., is a Child Welfare Attorney with the North Carolina Attorney Generalís office and is licensed in North Carolina and Hawaii. She worked for 2.5 years in Raleigh at the Law Office of Sally Scherer. She earned her law degree and MSW in 2003 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before graduate school, Angie was a child protective social worker in Mecklenburg County and on Maui, in Hawaii. Angie also has experience with mediation and adult mental health. Angie earned her Bachelor degree in social work in 1990 from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. Angie lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with her husband and son.
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