April 2019
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

For information and resources on National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month click here.
NEW STAFF: NACC Welcomes Allison Green!
NACC's board and staff are thrilled to welcome Allison Green, a Child Welfare Law Specialist, who joins our team as Special Counsel. Allison recently served as a Foster America Fellow at Missouri’s Children's Division, where her work focused on strengthening the agency’s collaboration with court partners. Previously, Allison was Senior Supervising Attorney at the Children's Law Center of Washington, D.C. Allison has presented locally and nationally on a variety of child welfare topics. Allison will be based in Washington, D.C., working on attorney best practices, federal policy, and legal service delivery systems.

Click here for Allison's bio and send your welcoming greetings and congratulations to Allison.Green@NACCchildlaw.org .
Free Member Webinar: Title IV-E Funding for Legal Representation
Tuesday, April 16, 1:00pm EST
Gerry Glynn, Chief Legal Officer, Embrace Families, NACC Past-President (FL)
Erin Lovell, Executive Director, Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (OR)
Tom Rawlings, Director, Division of Family and Children Services (GA)
As you know, the Children’s Bureau now allows Title IV-E agencies to be reimbursed for up to 50% of the administrative costs of legal representation for IV-E eligible children and their parents in child welfare legal proceedings. This is a landmark opportunity to develop, expand, and enhance delivery systems for legal representation—and NACC members are key stakeholders in ensuring these systems are effective . NACC is committed to supporting your efforts to think big and bold about how legal services for children and parents should be provided in your state and to assist you in advocating for a better system by leveraging the opportunity for federal funding. In order to draw down these funds, states must submit a plan by June 30, 2019
In advance of the members-only webinar, NACC is gathering questions to ensure we provide the information you need to advocate for legal representation for children and parents in your state. 

Click here to submit your questions on Title IV-E Funding for Legal Representation

NACC is compiling resources and news related to Title IV-E funding for legal representation on the Policy News and Information page of our website.

I f you are working on Title IV-E or another child law policy advocacy project, and would like NACC's support, please submit a Policy Advocacy request using our online form.
NACC'S next member-webinar: The Family First Prevention Services Act
June 11, 2016, 2pm EST
Led by NACC's Special Counsel Allison Green
42nd National Child Welfare Law Conference, August 26-28, 2019

Act now to take advantage of early registration rates through April 30, 2019.
The Hotel  

NACC's conference will be held at the lovely Anaheim Marriott Hotel, with plenty of space for conversations, inside or poolside, just down the street from Disneyland.

NACC's hotel rate of $169.00, single or double, begins Friday, August 23, 2019. Come early and bring the family!
August 25 Pre-Conference Sessions

  • There will also be a Children's Law Office Convening Sunday afternoon for law office leaders and senior staff. Contact Kim.Dvorchak@NACCchildlaw.org for info.

Group Discounts

Discounts for groups of 3 or more are available. Registering your team is quick and simple when you fill out this group registration form  and email it back to  C onference@NACCchildlaw.org.

Elevate your support for children's law and share your products and services! Reach over 700 attorneys, judges, social workers, and other child welfare advocates. You can read more about this year’s conference here  and find the SEA application here.   
Keynote Speaker, David Ambroz
Co-Founder of FosterMore
LAW & POLICY UPDATES: New Websites and Resources
FamilyFirstAct.org is new website created to provide information, resources and advocacy tools on the Family First Prevention Services Act. You can access summaries of the law, stories from constituents with lived experience on why it matters, webinars from national partners, data and research, strategies for implementation and constituent engagement and updates from Congress, HHS and the Children’s Bureau.
The Family Justice Initiative is comprised of a diverse team of partners located throughout the country who are working collaboratively to ensure that every child and every parent has high-quality legal representation when child welfare courts make life-changing decisions about their families. The website is an informative and interactive way for sharing important information, updates, and resources with child welfare practitioners across the country.
Spring Special on Gold Memberships!
Take your membership to the next level and save on Gold Memberships this Spring! Renewing membership through June at the Gold level will extend your current membership by 12 months. For $225 you'll receive a hard-cover Red Book, a 6-month Bronze Membership for a friend, and recognition in NACC's Guardian and Conference displays. Click here to renew using discount code 2019GOLD. Questions? Email Membership@NACCchildlaw.org .
Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS) certification is a professional achievement that signifies an attorney's specialized knowledge, skill, and verified expertise in the field of child welfare law.
2019 CWLS Exam Season is Now Open!
All current CWLS applicants should have received an email containing instructions for how to schedule and download the 2019 CWLS exam. If you have any questions regarding this process, please don’t hesitate to contact   Certification@NACCchildlaw.org   and check out our   Exam Details webpage   and FAQs.  

Interested in Becoming a CWLS?
NACC members benefit from 2019 CWLS Application Pricing
NACC Members - $375, Non-Members - $500 
The application fee includes the exam and a copy of  Child Welfare Law and Practice, 3rd Edition.

Current CWLS
Keep an eye out for information on your 2019 CWLS compliance requirements. Recertification and annual report notices were emailed out recently.
Visit NACC’s  CWLS Certification webpage  for more information.

Contact Certification@NACCchildlaw.org with any questions. 
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