Respondent Parents’ Counsel Program

Respondent Parents’ Counsel Work Group

Respondent Parents’ Counsel play a critical role in achieving positive outcomes for children involved in dependency and neglect proceedings by protecting parent’s due process and statutory rights, presenting balanced information to judges and promoting the preservation of family relationships. The Respondent Parents’ Counsel Work Group was recently established to analyze the current RPC program and issue recommendations for ways to improve the system.  The Work Group will make recommendations on the development of policies and procedures to address: the contract and evaluation process, training requirements, the complaint process and billing procedures.  It will also evaluate the appellate process and make recommendations for improving the quality of advocacy in this area.  In addition, the Work Group will analyze whether the administration of the RPC program should be centralized.  The final report containing the Work Group’s recommendations will be submitted to the State Court Administrator by September 30, 2014.  Work Group meetings are not open to the public, however, minutes from the meetings will be posted on this website.

Feb. 12th Minutes Link
Appellate Subcommittee Minutes March 14, 2014
Billing Data Subcommittee Minutes March 6, 2014
Contracts Evaluations Subcommittee Minutes March 12, 2014

Respondent Parent’s Counsel Task Force 

In 2005, the Colorado Supreme Court through the Colorado Court Improvement Program created the Respondent Parents’ Counsel Task Force, a group of child welfare professionals, to review the issues facing respondent parents’ counsel and to make recommendations to the Supreme Court and the Colorado Legislature.

To assist in identifying needs of attorneys, areas in need of improvement and baseline data for potential reform efforts, the Task Force commissioned a needs assessment. This assessment, performed by the National Center for State Courts, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the National Association of Counsel for Children, provides both a statewide overview of factors impacting Respondent Parents’ Counsel performance as well as an in-depth analysis of four counties: Denver County, El Paso County, Teller County and Weld County.

Executive Summary of the Respondent Parents’ Counsel Task Force Needs Assessment

Respondent Parents’ Counsel Task Force Needs Assessment

Final Report to the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court

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