Internship — Family Helpline

About the program:

The Family Helpline is a Texas statewide free legal service focused on assisting families facing legal issues within the Texas Child Protective Services system. We focus on empowering families involved in child protection legal matters with accurate, compassionate, and free legal information provided by experienced child welfare attorneys.

The type of work you'll be doing:

A special project focused on furthering the Family Helpline’s overall mission of improving the Texas child welfare system by empowering families with accurate legal information. Examples of previous intern projects are: creating an in-depth legal manual for CPS investigations/family-based safety services cases and conducting a statewide review of local CPS court-appointed attorney appointment practices. You will be asked to conduct various legal research projects connected to child welfare law as needed through your internship. You will also have the opportunity to listen in on Family Helpline calls with our staff attorneys and conduct the initial intake questions asked at the onset of an initial call to the Family Helpline.

What you can expect to learn:

You'll get a broad statewide overview of legal issues families involved in Texas Child Protective Services matters face; An in-depth understanding of special issues in child welfare law as those research projects arise based on information presented by Family Helpline callers; Insight in how to communicate with people facing crisis situations in a compassionate and trauma-informed manner; And a better understanding of the Texas child protection system with a statewide viewpoint.

Currently enrolled in an accredited law school and interested in learning more about child welfare law.

Who you'll be reporting to: 
Crystal Leff-Piñon, Managing Attorney of the Family Helpline



Summer/Fall 2020 Semester

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