November 2018
Permanency Attorney Training in Missouri

NACC was invited by Casey Family Programs to lead part of the inaugural permanency attorney training in Missouri this October. NACC's Brooke Silverthorn, Director of Legal and Policy Advocacy, customized a training to include the Red Book material and Missouri-specific material to provide an overview of federal and state child welfare law. NACC was honored to partner with Casey Family Programs and the Missouri Children's Division in this special training event. 
NACC at the American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys' Annual Conference

Brooke Silverthorn, NACC's Director of Legal and Policy Advocacy, presented at the American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys' (AAHHSA's) annual conference in Monterey, California on October 16, 2018. As a former Agency attorney herself, Brooke drew on her experience to deliver the presentation:  Agency Representation in Child Welfare Proceedings:  Working with Caseworkers to Ensure Positive Case Outcomes.
Support NACC on Giving Tuesday!

The National Association of Counsel for Children supports a national community of hard-working attorneys and professionals committed to seeking justice for children and families every day. 
You can help NACC do this important work with a one-time or monthly  donation , or make this the year to become a lifetime Platinum Member . Thank you!
Support NACC on Colorado Gives Day! 

The Community First Foundation hosts, a year-round online giving website that features more than 2,000 Colorado charities including NACC. December 4th is Colorado Gives Day, an "annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving".

Go to  and enter NACC in the search field. Thank you for your support!
NACC is Excited to Share Our 2019-2023 Strategic Plan Executive Summary.
For more than 40 years, the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) has strived to serve children and families by supporting a community of professionals dedicated to providing high-quality legal representation. 

With our 2019-2023 Strategic Plan , NACC reaffirms its founding commitment to advancing justice, opportunity, and well-being for children and families affected by the child welfare system. The driving focus of NACC’s new strategic plan is to accelerate the growth, experience, diversity, and leadership of a national community of children’s lawyers and other child welfare legal professionals to promote excellence, build community, and advance justice .

NACC looks forward to sharing additional information and engaging the community in the implementation of this plan, and we greatly appreciate your contributions this year as we build capacity to launch the next phase of NACC!

Early registration is  now open for the 42nd National Child Welfare Law Conference and pre-conference Red Book Training!  Register now and save $100!

The conference will be held August 26 - 28, 2019 at the  Anaheim Marriott Hotel and a full-day pre-conference Red Book Training will be held on August 25, 2019.

More details to come.

Abstracts are Now Open!

We are now accepting abstracts for Anaheim 2019! Take this opportunity to share your thoughts, research, and outcomes with hundreds of child welfare law professionals. Please click  here  for more information or to submit now. Final deadline is February 1, 2019 .

NACC-Loyola University of Chicago School of Law Symposium
Join us  Friday, November 9, 1:00pm-5:00pm,  for a Symposium at the Ceremonial Courtroom of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 East Pearson Street, in partnership with the Civitas Child Law Center and the Children’s Legal Rights Journal in honor of NACC’s 40th Anniversary. The Symposium will be followed by a reception with cheese, antipasto, beer, and wine.   

The event is free but please register here to RSVP and for free MCLE credit.  

Speakers include: 
  • Don Duquette, Former Professor of Michigan Law School, Former Director of the National Quality Improvement Center on Children’s Representation, Former NACC Board Member, and Red Book Editor 
  • Marty Guggenheim, Fiorello LaGuardia Professor of Clinical Law, New York University Law School 
  • Erik Pitchal, Brooklyn Family Court Judge, NACC Board Member 
  • Leslie Starr Heimov, Executive Director, Children’s Law Center of California 
The Tremont Hotel  of the Magnificent Mile is offering a special rate of $99/night for this event and throughout Veteran's Day weekend.  Contact Bev Tautalatasi, Tremont Sales Manager, at 203-536-0060 and indicate you are seeking a room within the NACC/Loyola University Chicago room block.

The NACC is offering all Bronze, Silver, and Gold members the opportunity to renew or extend their membership for one year at a 40%  discount.

 Whether their membership expires this month or next year, we will add 12 months of membership during our 40 for 40 Celebration!

This is also a great time for members to elevate their membership level to Silver or Gold and receive the 3rd edition of NACC’s Child Welfare Law & Practice   (aka  T he Red Book) - an incredible value! 
Renew/Join/Rejoin  now! Use code NACC40 at checkout  or renew via mail!

Congratulations to our Newest Certified Child Welfare Law Specialists!
Rachel Fisher, JD, CWLS  
Cleveland, TN 
Meghan Grim, JD, CWLS  
Children’s Law Center of California 
Monterey Park, CA 
Amanda Whittle, JD, CWLS  
South Carolina Department of Social Services 
Columbia, SC

NACC also congratulates Child Welfare Law Specialist Temika Murry for her appointment

Spring and Fall 2019 Red Book Training Courses

NACC’s new online Red Book Training Course is designed to assist you in preparing for the Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS) examination. It can also serve as an overall review of dependency competency areas. The course will consist of seven webinars delivered over a period of 13 weeks.

NACC’s Spring Course begins Wednesday, March 13, 2019 . All sessions begin at 12pm Mountain Standard Time.

NACC’s staff is ready to assist in registering a group for the course, ordering hard copies of the Red Book, and/or coordinating a cohort to become certified as CWLS. Please contact Daniel Trujillo , NACC Certification Director, for group registrations, additional information about the course or CWLS certification.
  • The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) has a new tool, the Youth Thrive™ Survey, which "measures the presence, strength, and growth of the Youth Thrive™ Protective and Promotive Factors as proxy indicators of well-being. Organizations will have complete access to the instrument free of charge (cost underwritten by CSSP through October 2019).The survey instrument along with a user manual and technical report is available here. There will be an instructional webinar explaining how to use the survey on November 14, 2018you can register here. Please contact to get more information.

  • University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus has an opening for a full-time Associate Professor/Endowed Chair in Policy, Ethics, and Law. The new hire will lead a novel program at UC "to serve the state, region and nation in developing, testing and disseminating effective legal, ethical and policy approaches to improve care for children". For more information, click here.

  • David Kelly, Special Assistant to the Associate Commissioner at the Children's Bureau, wrote a blog post on why it's time we take the "reasonable efforts" requirement more seriously. If you'd like to see similar posts, visit and sign up for email updates. 

  • On October 24th, as part of a panel discussion with other national experts in a forum hosted by the Chronicle of Social Change, the head of Georgia's child welfare agency outlined ways the state can help grandparents, aunts, and other relatives caring for boys and girls whose parents aren't able to.

  • American Academy of Pediatrics issues new statement on the use of Corporal Punishment.

  • NACC Vice President Leslie Starr Heimov wrote an op-ed after the Washington State Supreme Court issued a ruling that all children do not have a right to a lawyer in dependency court proceedings. NACC joined an amicus brief arguing for children’s right to counsel in Washington state.
The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) is hosting their 2018 Caribbean Conference.

Join experts in Montego Bay on December 2nd - 5th to collaborate to eradicate neglect and all forms of violence against children through pre-conference workshops, esteemed keynote speakers and the scientific program. The conference is health at the all-inclusive Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa with onsite amenities, including a private beach, two pools, on-site water park, golf and tennis. Excursions are available to conference attendees.

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