New NACC Online Red Book Training Course

NACC is offering an online Red Book Training course! This 12-week course is designed to assist you in preparing for the Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS) examination and it can also serve as an overall review of dependency competency areas.

The material covered is drawn from Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases (3rd Edition). The course is intended to assist you in breaking the material down, focusing on important concepts, and guiding you through the material in the Red Book.

The course begins 9/26/2018 and the registration deadline has been extended to 9/30/2018. All webinars are recorded and available for viewing at your leisure for six months.

Visit here for more information and/or to register.
NACC Board Approves a New Five Year Strategic Plan

NACC’s Board of Directors is thrilled to report the board recently enacted a new Strategic Plan
for 2019 - 2023. In this fourth formal strategic plan, the National Association of Counsel for Children reaffirms our founding commitment to advancing justice, opportunity, and well-being for children and families impacted by the child welfare system. The driving focus of NACC’s new plan is to accelerate the growth of a national community of children’s lawyers and other child welfare legal professionals committed to the pursuit of excellence and justice in practice and in policy. NACC’s programmatic goals focus on Training & Certification, Community Building, and Policy Advocacy. An Executive Summary of the new plan is under development, but NACC’s refined Mission & Vision Statements are posted on NACC’s website. NACC thanks the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Community Wealth Partners for the engagement and support in the strategic planning process.
NACC Board of Directors Openings
The Nominating Committee of the National Association of Counsel for Children is accepting applications for open positions on NACC’s Board of Directors.

Board Responsibilities

NACC is governed by a national  Board of Directors  which meets in person twice a year. Board service is a six (6) year renewable term.  All NACC board members are expected to give their time, talent, and treasure to the organization and serve on at least one committee or work group.

Board Recruitment

NACC is seeking nominations from candidates interested in advancing NACC’s 2019-2023 Strategic Plan and organizational growth. While all interested persons may apply, NACC’s Board is seeking individuals with the following characteristics: 
  • Child Welfare Law Specialists 
  • Law office/agency Training Directors 
  • Persons with lived experience as a former foster youth or respondent parent 
  • Persons with financial expertise
  • Persons who bring racial, ethnic, and age diversity  
  • Academics/Professors in the fields of children and family law and policy 
Nomination Process

Applicants must submit the online letter of interest and current resume or curriculum vitae  no later than Monday, October 8, 2018.   Click here for the nomination form .
Per NACC’s by-laws the nominating committee reviews applications, conducts interviews, and then submits Board candidates to the full NACC Board for review. Final candidates are presented to NACC membership for a vote in December. Board terms commence in January. 
You may nominate another person or self-nominate. If you have questions about service or the process, please contact  for more information. 
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.   
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 
Join us in Chicago for Veteran’s Day weekend! Hotel discounts pending. 
NACC Policy News
The NACC Board of Directors approved an update to the language contained in its policy advocacy agenda to specifically include sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and national origin of children, parents, relatives and foster parents that NACC supports as being protected classes in the foster care system. Additionally NACC specifically calls for a ban on any type of conversion therapy while in foster care and the right to qualified and affirming health care.  
NACC’s policy department wants to hear from you!  NACC is seeking short stories/anecdotes from attorneys and youth in foster care (or formerly in foster care) about how having an attorney made a difference in a child’s life and case. If you are an attorney and have a case in which your specialized legal skill, experience and knowledge made a difference, please let us know!
Children's Justice News
Upcoming Webinar & Trainings
Sustaining Racial Equity Improvements in Child Welfare:   Webinar on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 3:00-4:00 pm ET

American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys Annual Education and Training Conference . October 13-17, 2018, Monterey, California. See NACC's Director of Legal and Policy Advocacy Brooke Silverthorn, CWLS, present on best practices in agency representation and stop by NACC's Exhibit Table at this conference.
41st Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Family Law Conference
Thank you to all our attendees, faculty, volunteers, sponsors, advertisers and exhibitors for making our San Antonio conference truly unforgettable! 

You can find conference session materials and CLE certificates here.
Stay tuned for more information on our 42nd National Conference next August in Anaheim.
NACC has Moved!
We appreciate your continued patience with our response time as we transition to our new office.

Please contact NACC at:

National Association of Counsel for Children
1600 Downing Street, Suite 410
Denver, CO 80218

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