Founder of Family Matters First to keynote June 14 Juvenile & Child Welfare Conference

Thursday, May 9, 2024
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The Massachusetts Bar Association’s Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Section is excited to present its Seventh Annual Juvenile & Child Welfare Conference on Friday, June 14, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the UTEC Center, located at 35 Warren St. in Lowell. Please join youth and special needs advocates, court representatives, private-practice attorneys, and employees of state agencies to discuss important recent decisions and legal trends in the field of juvenile and child welfare.

This year's keynote speaker will be Tatiana Rodriguez, founder of Family Matters First (FMF), which strengthens families by providing legal tools, peer support, advocacy and mutual aid to end the separation of Black, Brown and low-income families. FMF holds monthly peer support groups, legal workshops, advocacy meetings, protests, documentary storytelling, surveys and community partnerships. FMF partners with numerous local organizations, including Harvard Law School, the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research, Mass. General Hospital, JMAC for Families, UPenn Law School and Rutgers Law School. Rodriguez is a first-generation, Afro-Latina college graduate in social science. Rodriguez’s firsthand experience with the foster care system and advocacy groups led her to found FMF in 2020 to organize other impacted families.

Do not miss this exclusive opportunity to network with colleagues, program faculty, and the leaders of the juvenile and child welfare bar.

Additional faculty and agenda items to be announced.

Special pricing of $50 is available for practitioners on the CAFL, YAD, and Mental Health Litigation Division panels. Call MBA Member Services to register at (617) 338-0530.

Registration for the conference is required by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11.