NACC Call to Action: Separation of Immigrant Families at the U.S. Border
June 27, 2018
Denver, CO

The National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) calls on the Trump administration and congress to take immediate action to reunite the more than 2300 children separated from their families before the June 20, 2018 executive order was signed.  

NACC Board President Candi Mayes: "As child welfare lawyers we see first-hand the effect of separating children from parents. Child protection laws permit the removal of a child only when there are no other reasonable means to protect the child precisely because of the lasting negative impact that separating children from their parents has on children. The wholesale separation that occurred at the U.S. border violates this basic principle entrenched in federal child welfare law. It is abhorrent."  

NACC joins with the voices renouncing the inhuman practice of family separation and call on our leaders to immediately ensure that all the children in ICE custody or ORR placements as a result of this ‘zero-tolerance’ policy be reunited with their parents as quickly as the transportation can be arranged.  

Read the full statement here.
41st Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Family Law Conference
The conference is a month away! 
Have you checked out  NACC's c onference agenda ? You do not want to miss this incredible line-up of expert faculty from across the country traveling to San Antonio to support your advocacy for children and families. NACC received so many high-quality proposals this year we added another track of workshops! Topics include immigration, ICWA, education, LGBTQ youth, poverty, hhildren and parents with disabilities, homelessness, fathers, teen parents, religious freedom laws, trafficking, trauma, brain science, psychiatrists, housing, holistic representation and so much more - r egister now!

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Overflow Hotels
NACC's Conference will be held in downtown San Antonio at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. Our room block at the Marriott is full, but we have secured fantastic rates at two nearby hotels. The Menger Hotel is a historic property while the Residence Inn is more casual and includes breakfast. Both hotels are .30 miles from the conference. Please click below to book directly into our room blocks.
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SEA Opportunities
Want to share information as a conference Sponsor, Exhibitor or Advertiser? There is still time! Join the conversation to share resources, special reports, and upcoming events with your colleagues through conference Sponsorship, Exhibiting, and/or Advertising. The deadline to appear in our conference program is rapidly approaching, but we can make special accommodations for last-minute sponsors and exhibitors.  Click here for our brochure

Volunteer Opportunities
We are in need of volunteers to help at the conference. Our times of greatest need are early on 8/22 before our pre-conference Red Book Training, and the mornings of 8/23 and 8/24 as people check in. Help is welcomed and needed throughout the conference and volunteers get free conference registration. For more information or to volunteer, please email and let us know your availability.
Lunch & Learn Registration Now Open!
Join Family Justice Initiative leaders Leslie Starr-Heimov and Prudence Beidler-Carr to discuss advocacy for greater investments in high quality legal representation for children and parents. NACC thanks FJI for sponsoring this Lunch & Learn session for the first 100 registrants.

Registerd conference attendees can c lick here to register for for this Lunch & Learn session.
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Member Survey
Last summer NACC distributed a Member Survey and a Prior-Member Survey, which provided invaluable insight to our team regarding your interests as NACC Members.
This year NACC is engaged in Strategic Planning and Work Planning and we would like to dig a little deeper into your interests in training, certification, and communications content (The Advocate, the Guardian, website, emails, etc.). 
This is a members-only anonymous survey, which we estimate will take 5-10 minutes to complete.
Please complete the survey by  Monday, July 23, 2018,  so that we can incorporate your interests into our planning discussions   and better serve your needs.
You can start the member survey here .
Policy News
The Every Kid Needs a Family workgroup of CWLS attorneys had its kick-off meeting in June and plans to meet monthly to discuss use of the advocacy tool to assist in keeping children in family placements. The workgroup is also interested in creating additional tools to help practitioners advocate for family placements. Stay tuned for more information as we continue to work together and share ideas.   

NACC is also actively involved in the National Child Abuse Coalition with other organizations dedicated to children’s issues. The coalition has been working hard on developing priorities related to CAPTA (Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act) reauthorization. NACC, along with the ABA Center on Children and the Law and the Children’s Advocacy Institute at University of San Diego School of Law are advocating, among other issues, for children to be recognized as parties in dependency cases and to be appointed an attorney to provide legal representation in dependency proceedings. 

NACC also joined the Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign of the Family Equality Council. This campaign promotes the best interests of all children in the foster care and adoption system by increasing their access to loving, stable, forever homes, and works to ensure safe and supportive care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) children and youth seeking family formation. 

Amicus Work
B.K. v. McKay is a class action suit that was brought by Children’s Rights in federal court in Arizona on behalf of children in the custody of Arizona’s foster-care system, claiming that statewide practices and policies are exposing them to a substantial risk of serious harm. The class was certified on September 30, 2017. NACC joined an amicus brief opposing Defendants’ efforts to reverse the District Court’s order certifying the class of children in B.K.  

Matter of Emmanuel B; Matter of Angel S. are two cases, both on appeal in the Appellate Division in New York State. In both cases a custodial New York parent was charged with neglect and the non-custodial, out of state, non-respondent parent sought custody pending the outcome of the neglect case. In each case, the Family Court denied the request for custody pending the outcome of an ICPC approval. Interim appeals were taken on the issue of whether the ICPC applies to non-respondent parents. NACC is currently drafting an amicus brief challenging the application of ICPC to the non-respondent parents in both cases. 
Interview with Brooke Silverthorn

Brooke Silverthorn, CWLS, is the Director of Legal and Policy Advocacy at NACC. Her interview from Children's Rights are Human Rights: 20 Years of Fearless Lawyering for Children has been published as a podcast. You can listen to it in the following places:

Children's Justice News
Upcoming Events
Make plans to join NACC in Chicago this Veteran's Day Weekend!

NACC 40th Anniversary - Children's Legal Rights Journal Symposium
November 9, 2018
Civitas Child Law Clinic
Loyola University School of Law
Chicago, IL

Featuring NACC Board Member Erik Pitchal, author of "From Paternalism to Due Process," to be published in the Children's Legal Rights Journal this summer.
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