PDA Hardcopy Library

As an additional resource for our members, the PDA has purchased copies of various publocations we believe will be useful to parental defenders in their practice. Those publications are available to be checked out by PDA members. To check out a specific title, use the email tool on the right hand side of this page to send a request to the PDA. Please include which resource you are interested in checking out, the period for which you would like to utilize the publication in question, and the address to which you would like it to be sent. Where possible, a member of the PDA Board of Directors will hand-deliver the requested book. For those of our members who live 50 miles or more outsisde of the greater Salt Lake area, the PDA will pay the cost of shipping to get the book to you.  

Available Titles

NACC Child Welfare Law and Practice (NACC Red Book)

  • two copies available for check out
  • Description: Over the past several decades a national model for child welfare practice has emerged. In Child Welfare Law and Practice, also known as "The Red Book", experienced NACC authors and child welfare advocates have captured and refined that model, offering a comprehensive guide for those who make child welfare advocacy their priority. Designed as a study guide for attorneys preparing to take the NACC Child Welfare Law Certification Exam, the Red Book serves as a day-to-day guide for child welfare advocates across the country, offering in-depth analysis and instruction on wide variety of topics in the field of child welfare law. Our completely revised third edition includes these new and expanded topics:
  • Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Investigative interviewing of the child
  • Counseling legal clients who are children
  • The practice of child welfare casework
  •  Child safety
  •  Representing parents
  • Federal due process
  • Educations goals for children in foster care
  • The transition of youth from foster care to adulthood
  •  Plus many more!

Representing Parents in Child Welfare Cases: Advice and Guidance for Family Defenders

  • five copies available for check out
  • Description: Representing Parents in Child Welfare Cases is a guide for attorneys representing parents accused of parental unfitness due to abuse or neglect. Leading experts provide insights into every step of the legal process, from the initial interview with the parent(s), through court hearings, to issues attendant to the Child Abuse and Neglect Registry System. Parents' attorney's must be prepared to navigate the obstacles created by the emotional nature of this work. Representing parents can be a lonely job, and natural biases against an accused parent can create additional obstacles from judicial officers, opposing counsel, social workers and service providers who are typically charged with assisting the reunification process. On the other side, competent legal representation often is the sole consistent support a parent has when he or she is pulled the child welfare system. This book offers practical, hands-on tips for attorneys at each stage of the process.