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Incarcerated Parent Representation Program

In the Incarcerated Parent Representation Program, Drake Law students practice in juvenile court under the supervision of an experienced clinical professor.

The students represent incarcerated parents whose children are involved in Child In Need of Assistance (CINA) proceedings. Students gather facts, draft legal documents, advocate for their clients, and participate in court hearings, in addition to attending weekly classes and case reviews.

As part of the program, students and faculty collaborate with the judicial branch, state agencies, and community organizations to identify ways to decrease the significant impact on children of incarcerated parents.

Students and faculty also provide a wide variety of training to child welfare professionals, state agencies, and community organizations to facilitate efforts to support children and parents separated by incarceration.

Partnership for Lasting Change Trainings

Past Events:

June 3, 2019
Cedar Rapids Community School Educational Leadership Center
Approved for 4.0 hours CLE, Activity ID: 319422

June 5, 2019
Liberty High Schoo
lApproved for 4.0 hours CLE, Activity ID: 330319

Oct. 24, 2018
United Methodist Church, West Union, IA
Approved for 4.0 hours CLE, Activity ID: 307027

Oct. 31, 2018
First Congregational Church, Sioux City,
Approved for 4.0 hours CLE, Activity ID: 307028

Nov. 7, 2018
Ottumwa Community Church
Approved for 4.0 hours CLE, Activity ID: 308959

Nov. 14, 2018
Council Bluffs Public Library
Approved for 4.0 hours CLE, Activity ID: 307038


Resources for Caretakers

Resources for Incarcerated Parents

Resources for Child Welfare Professionals

Tools for Iowa Social Workers

Resources for Parent Attorneys

See also Sample Forms and Orders.

Resources for Transnational Families Separated by Deportation/Detainment

Partnering for Lasting Change - Training Sessions

Partnering for Lasting Change is a multidisciplinary training for social workers, DOC staff, judges and attorneys who practice in child welfare and the criminal justice systems. If you are interested in a training please contact Jami Hagemeier, 515-271-2073,



Faculty and Staff

Brent Pattison, Director of the Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children's Rights; Associate Clinical Professor
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Jami Hagemeier, Supervising Attorney

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