Young Lawyers Division Publications
Protecting Adults at Risk:
A Mandated Reporter's Guide to Recognizing and Reporting Suspected Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
The VBA/YLD, in partnership with The Family and Children's Trust Fund of Virginia (FACT), recently completed production of a 25-minute video entitled, "Protecting Adults at Risk: A Mandated Reporter's Guide to Recognizing and Reporting Suspected Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation." This informational piece is targeted toward required reporters of abuse of at-risk adults, defined as the elderly and adults with mental disabilities. In addition to a series of dramatizations highlighting the "warning signs" of abuse, neglect, and exploitation, the video also explains to mandated reporters how to fulfill their legal duties by submitting reports to the Virginia Department of Social Services, the state agency charged with policing this problem. The video further features commentary from Governor Mark Warner as well as a number of experts in this field. Entities represented on the steering committee for the video included the Virginia Department of Social Services, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Crater Area Agency on Aging, and Virginia Guardianship Association. The video was introduced this summer at FACT's annual Collaboration Conference, which came on the heels of Adult Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month (May 2005). It has been recognized by the American Bar Association as a leading public service project. If you are interested in obtaining an order form for the video, click here for a printable PDF version.
Protecting Children: A Mandated Reporter’s Guide
to Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
Our video project entitled “Protecting Children: A Mandated Reporter’s Guide to Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect” was unveiled on December 18, 2002. After determining that there was a real need for this type of information, we produced this video to be geared towards those members of certain professions that are required to report child abuse under Virginia law such as medical personnel, social workers, child care providers, teachers, and law enforcement personnel. It provides guidance on recognizing the various forms of child abuse or neglect and reporting such abuse or neglect. The video features former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, representatives from Child Protective Services and other experts in the field and was done in collaboration with the Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia who additionally provided a grant. Also, representatives from Child Protective Services, the Attorney General’s Office, and the City of Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office contributed valuable time and effort in contributing to the content of the videotape. We believe this tape will be helpful to a number of groups and individuals including nonprofit child abuse organizations, associations representing required reporters and select state agencies. We are striving to get this video into the hands of anyone and everyone in the state who could benefit by it, so if you have any ideas for its distribution, please contact the chair of this project. If you are interested in obtaining an order form for the video, click here for a printable PDF version.
NEW! Making the Grade: Establishing Good Credit has been produced by the VBA/YLD with financial assistance from the Virginia Law Foundation. This guide is designed to provide young people with a fundamental understanding of credit and its importance in all aspects of life as an adult, and to outline general information regarding consumer rights under federal and Virginia law. (PDF version)
In an effort to provide new lawyers with practical information to assist them in beginning their careers as attorneys, the VBA/YLD decided to create the New Lawyers’ Survival Guide. This guide is intended to provide insight into the practical aspects of being a lawyer and hopefully, make the transition into the practice of law go more smoothly. (PDF version)
The VBA/YLD Working Parents' Handbook explains many aspects of finding and maintaining child care. The handbook covers tax requirements for in-home care providers and useful considerations when selecting a child care provider or day care center. The handbook also provides information on additional resources helpful to any parent beginning the search for child care. (PDF version)
The VBA/YLD Special Education Handbook summarizes Virginia's special education procedural safeguard requirements and includes such topics as the due process procedures designed to protect both parents and students, IDEA disciplinary procedures and confidentiality concerns. Produced through the efforts of lawyer-volunteers, the book assists parents in understanding what services are available and how to access those services. (PDF version)
YLD Activities & Projects
Making the Grade: Establishing Good Credit (PDF version)
New Lawyers’ Survival Guide (PDF version)
Working Parents' Handbook .(PDF version)
Special Education Handbook (PDF version)