The Importance of Early Intervention to Reach All Children and Families in Family Court Cases

In light of the Omicron surge, AFCC California has cancelled the 2022 live Conference. Safety of our members, presenters and the community at large is of paramount concern to AFCC-CA. Because of the current surge in Covid-19 cases, AFCC-CA has decided that it would be irresponsible to hold an in person conference. We are dedicated to putting on a virtual conference for this year and are currently discussing how to make that happen. Stay tuned!

We are sorry that we must cancel the in person conference. At the same time, we are excited that more people will be able to attend, safely, the excellent workshops and institutes AFCC-CA is known for. Full refunds will be issued to all those who have registered. We will also be reaching out to the individual presenters to discuss next steps.

Again, stay tuned for announcements in the coming weeks relating to the 2022 virtual conference.

There is growing concern among stakeholders in the family law community that many children and families, particularly those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and marginalized communities, do not have access to and/or utilize the psycho-legal services needed to help them heal and move forward. Getting in early before positions harden is a critical step. Unfortunately, many children and families remain embroiled in conflict and vulnerable to toxic stress associated with litigating in family court. Families with ample resources can provide cushion but not necessarily protection from toxicity. To make matters even more complex and severe, children and families, as well as family law professionals, continue to be confronted with unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now more than ever, what we need is an exchange of ideas. We, as family law professionals, need to be open to new approaches to reach those families in distress. We need to learn about and adopt practical interventions and solutions that others may have found to be effective in their local communities. Additionally, we need to engage in an ongoing discussion about the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, about those children and families left behind during the pandemic, and about what we as professionals can do to prevent such a crisis within a crisis in the future.

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