Legislative Updates for Child Welfare Stakeholders

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It is important for child welfare stakeholders to be up to date on changes to law and policy that affect Child in Need of Care (CINC) cases. The 2023 Legislative Session did not see as many changes to Louisiana Children’s Code Title VI as the 2022 Legislative Session. Yet, there were some relevant amendments to laws affecting the families that we serve. Kathy Lynn Cook, Deputy General Counsel for Mental Health Advocacy Service/Child Advocacy Program, and Richard Pittman, Director of Juvenile Defender Services for the Louisiana Public Defender Board, will help us understand these new provisions. In addition, they will refresh our recollection about the significant changes to Title VI that were made in 2022 as part of Act 272.


  • Kathy Lynn Cook, J.D., M.A., C.W.L.S.,* Deputy General Counsel, Mental Health
    Advocacy Service/Child Advocacy Program
  • Richard M. Pittman, J.D., C.W.L.S.,* Deputy Public Defender, Director of Juvenile Defender Services, Louisiana Public Defender Board


  • Understand the 2023 legislative changes that impact Child in Need of Care cases and the families served by child welfare stakeholders.
  • Gain more familiarity with specific 2022 legislative changes to Title VI of the Louisiana Children’s Code.