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 established in January 2014 to analyze the current RPC program and issue recommendations for ways to improve the system. The Work Group was charged with issuing recommendations on the development of policies and procedures to address: the contract and evaluation process, training requirements, the complaint process and billing procedures. The group was also charged with evaluating the appellate process and making recommendations for improving the quality of advocacy in this area. In addition, the Work Group was instructed to analyze whether the administration of the RPC program should be centralized.
On May 29, 2014, Governor Hickenlooper signed SB-203 which establishes an Office of the Respondent Parents’ Counsel effective January 1, 2016. The legislation defers to the RPC Work Group’s final recommendation regarding the operational structure of the Office of the Respondent Parents’ Counsel. Therefore, the primary focus of the work group will now be to analyze the various oversight options available in order to recommend an operational structure to oversee the RPC program. The final report containing the Work Group’s recommendations will be submitted to the State Court Administrator by September 30, 2014. Minutes from the meetings will be posted on this website.
A public meeting will be held on August 14, 2014 from 9:00 – 12:00 at the Ralph Carr Justice Center located at 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203. This will be an opportunity for interested individuals to provide input regarding the structure of the new office, ask questions of Work Group representatives and to provide feedback regarding the preliminary recommendations of the group. The preliminary recommendations will be posted on this website one week prior to the meeting.
June 17, 2014 Minutes
May 30, 2014 Minutes
March 14, 2014 Minutes
Feb. 12, 2014 Minutes
Appellate Subcommittee Minutes March 14, 2014
Billing Data Subcommittee Minutes March 6, 2014
Contracts Evaluations Subcommittee Minutes March 12, 2014