Updates for Foster & Kinship Parents in a Changing Legal Landscape - Part 1 - ON DEMAND

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Recorded On: 08/30/2023

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    • Foster Parent (Colorado) - Free!
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As foster and kinship caregivers, there are a lot of legal questions that arise. Everyone involved in a child welfare case has legal representation appointed, except for the caregiver. Oftentimes, navigating the legal side of a case is confusing, challenging, and downright overwhelming. This class will explore the rights of kinship and foster parents in light of new legislation that has changed the when and how of advocating for children in care as well as updated expectations on caregivers.

Tim Eirich is one of the most sought after family lawyers in the state of Colorado. He is known for representing foster and kinship parents in a D&N case. Tim will help us make sense of all these questions and will explore other legal topics such as: 

  • Law changes after the 2023 legislative session
  • Self-representation vs. hiring an attorney
  • The right to be heard
  • Parenting time
  • New intervention rules

Hours earned: 2.0

Timothy Eirich (Moderator)


Grob & Eirich, LLC

Timothy J. Eirich is an honors graduate of the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. At Loyola, Tim was as a Philip H. Corboy Fellow (member of the National Trial Team), a Curt N. Rodin Fellow in advocacy, and a Civitas Childlaw Fellow. Tim was also an associate editor for the Children's Legal Rights Journal. Tim received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University where he majored in English and was a captain of the NCAA Division 1 Crew Team. Tim focuses his practice on adoption, child welfare, and guardianship cases. Tim represents prospective adoptive parents, foster parents, relatives, birth parents, and juveniles charged with delinquent acts. Tim is an experienced litigator who has tried over twenty-five jury trials, litigated dozens of contested hearings, and has argued in the front of both the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Tim litigated the ground-breaking case, both at the trial level and before the Colorado Supreme Court, that addressed the rights of foster parents and other caregivers in dependency and neglect cases. Tim has also received a number of awards recognizing his work. In 2012, Tim received the Excellence in Practice Award for a Juvenile Law Attorney at the Colorado Summit for Childen Youth and Families. In 2014, the Colorado State Foster Parent Association honored Tim with the Champion Award for work and efforts on behalf of Colorado’s foster parents. Also, in 2014, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute awarded Tim the prestigious Angels in Adoption Award for his work in adoption and positive child welfare practices. Tim has handled dozens of private, public, and contested adoptions and has been recognized as a Fellow with the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Tim has lectured frequently on the rights of foster parents and the child welfare system and is a regular presenter for the Colorado State Foster Parent Association. In addition to training foster parents and relative caregivers, Tim teaches trial skills to fellow attorneys as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA). Prior to joining the Grob & Eirich, LLC, Tim was the Deputy Director of the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center where he litigated some of the center's highest profile cases; represented foster parents, prospective adoptive parents, relative caregivers and juveniles; and supervised a multi-disciplinary staff of attorneys and social workers who served as guardians ad litem for abused and neglected children in Denver Juvenile Court. Prior to his time with the Children's Law Center, Tim was a trial attorney with the Office of the Colorado Public Defender where he represented adults and juveniles charged with felony offenses.

Alejandro Arrieta (Moderator)


Community Language Cooperative


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