Immigration Considerations in Tennessee Child Welfare

Edith Johnson, Esq.
 Program Coordinator of Immigration Services, Catholic Charities of East Tennessee
Chay Sengkhounmany, Esq. Lead Immigration Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee
Sandra Gibbs, Esq. Private Attorney with a juvenile immigration practice 
Casey Bryant, Esq. Executive Director, Advocates for Immigrant Rights

This CLE provides a basic overview of immigration law and the options available to immigrant children, particularly Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). The presenters will discuss cultural, linguistic, legal barriers and ethical considerations for working with mixed status families, as well as provide nuts-and-bolts guidance for SIJS, how to draft SIJS-compliant orders and how to file a SIJS petition with the immigration agency. 

CLE:  This course has been approved for a total of 3.75 hours of CLE credit  - 2.5 dual hours and 1.25 general hours

  • The approved CLE for this training includes an additional 15 minutes (.25 credit hour) to include time to complete the Pre-Training Quiz and Survey, and Post-Training Quiz, CLE Request and Training Evaluation.  Kindly take your time to offer thoughtful responses to the questions.
  • Partial Credit is not given for on-demand distance learning courses.  
  • CLE for completed on-demand distance learning courses is reported one time, regardless of calendar year. An attorney is not eligible to obtain credit for an on-demand course if they received credit for the original live presentation.
  • Pre-Training Quiz questions allow us gauge the understanding of the topic before viewing the material.  Please answer each question with your current understanding of the topic.  Quiz questions are reviewed for data purposes and do not affect the reporting of your CLE hours.  

To continue, please complete the Pre-Training Quiz and Survey, and click "Continue to Training Presentation" at the bottom of the page.   You will be directed to the video presentation and training materials. 


Information and Pre-Training Quiz




Acknowledgment - Action required below

CLE credit for On Demand Distance Learning courses is based on both content and time spent viewing the course. In order to receive CLE credit for the course, I understand I must complete and submit Pre-training Quiz and Survey,  view the course in its entirety, and complete the Post-training training quiz and evaluation. (The CIP can monitor the amount of time spent on viewing the course. Partial CLE credit will not be submitted.)  Please initial below to acknowledge the viewing requirement.

1. According to Ms. Johnson, what are the components of cultural competency?
2. Special Immigration Juvenile Status requires a predicate order in the juvenile court. The predicate order in juvenile court should include what specific language::
3. A non citizen child automatically becomes a citizen when they are adopted.
4. The immigration attorney will submit the I-360/ SIJS petition, predicate order, and birth certificate to which agency?
5. SIJS Petition must be filed prior to::
6. Please explain your primary reasons for taking this training:


Pre-Training Survey

Please take a few moments to complete the Pre-Training Survey.  Your responses will help us in planning future training opportunities and programs that relate directly to your practice in the Child Welfare System.  

If you have already completed the survey, or would prefer to not complete it, please select the appropriate response below.  You can then scroll to the bottom of the page to "Contnue to Training Presentation" to procced with the training.

1. Your professional role in Child Welfare (Please select all that apply) :

4.  In which county(ies) do you primarily practice?  Please indicate up to three counties.
*Kindly refrain from answering with "Tennessee."

5. How long have you worked in the child welfare system?
6. Would you like to receive future email correspondence regarding training and other activities sponsored by the Court Improvement Program?
Thank you for completing the Pre-Training Quiz and Survey.   Please click on submit to continue to the training presentation.