Project Developments

November 2016 - CHILDREN'S JUSTICE: How to Improve Legal Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System, a publication from the ABA Center for Children and the Law, was released. 

September 12, 2016 - Hosted and recorded webinar on the findings from the QIC-ChildRep

August 2016 - The QIC Team presented the Six Core Skills Evaluation findings and the Flint MDT Study findings at the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) conference in Philadelphia. 

January 2016 - Data observations end for the Flint MDT Study

March 2015 - Data observations end for the QIC-ChildRep Best Practice Model Training evaluation. 

January 2014 - The Flint MDT Study is launched. 

October 2013 - The QIC-ChidlRep conducted the first round of qualitative interviews with Georgia and Washington treatment attorneys and other respondents who are collateral to the child welfare system. 

August 2013 - In collaboration with the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC), the QIC-ChildRep produces a video promotion to raise awareness about NACC’s Child Welfare Law Specialist certification program accredited by the ABA.

March 2013 - Another round of two-day trainings on the QIC Best Practice Model is held in both Washington and Georgia for new participating attorneys assigned to the treatment group.

November 2012 - Website enhanced -  All state laws of 50 States are posted and all academic literature on child representation in child welfare cases since 1974 is available in searchable format. 

August 17, 2012 - Don Duquette gave the most comprehensive report on the QIC progress to date at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Counsel for Children in Chicago. Here are part I and part II of his slides.

August 2, 2012 - Progress Report given to Advisory Board

Spring 2012 - Family Law Quarterly QIC publication on the project's progress: Child Representation in America: Progress Report from the National Quality Improvement Center

June - September 2012 - First round of coaching and supplemental trainings occur.

April 2012 - Data Collection begins. 

May 2012 - Conducted three QIC Best Practice Model trainings in the Six Core Skills in Washington State

February 16, 2012 - First training in the QIC Best Practice Model in the Six Core Skills for treatment attorneys in Georgia;  Two additional Georgia trainings in March. 

August 2011 - January 2012 - QIC Curriculum Team of Tim Jaasko Fisher, Melissa Carter, Frank Vandervort, Kate Rosenblum, Robbin Pott, and Don Duquette complete the QIC Six Core Skills Training Package.

July 16, 2011 - Don Duquette presented on the broad scope of the QIC-Childrep at the ABA Children and the Law National Conference in Washington, DC.  To see his power point, click here.

July 2011 -  the states of Georgia and Washington selected as our partners for the QIC-ChildRep R&D sites.

June 2011 - the QIC Model Curriculum Training was piloted for 25 Michigan lawyers. (Click here to see article.)

January 5, 2011 - RFP is posted and disseminated.

November 4, 2010 - Full text of the Needs Assessment is posted for public access and review.

October 22-23, 2010 - QIC Presentation at NACC 33rd National Juvenile and Family Law Conference, Austin, Texas

October 19, 2010 - RFP Design posted for comments.

September 30, 2010 - Draft Implementation Plan Reported to Children's Bureau.

September 20-21, 2010 Second Advisory Committee Meeting, Washington, D.C.

July 22, 2010 - Don Duquette speaks to the 2010 National Court Improvement Project Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C on QIC-ChildRep.

July 15, 2010 - QIC-ChildRep Website goes public.

April 26-27, 2010 - The First Advisory Committee Meeting convened Washington, DC.

March 2010 - Needs Assessment Key Informant Interviews begin for 10 states.

February 8, 2010 - The First Advisory Committee Meeting is snowed out in a record-setting, historic snow storm -  “Snowmaggedon”.

December 9, 2009 - The QIC team makes initial presentation to the U.S. Children’s Bureau.  The major collaborators are introduced – National Association of Counsel for Children, American Bar Foundation and KidsVoice.  Children’s Bureau approves the work plan.

October 1, 2009  - U.S. Children’s Bureau announces that the University of Michigan Law School will serve as the National QIC for Child Representation.  Professor Don Duquette is project director with Karl Ensign and Pal-Tech, Inc of Alexandria VA as major partner.