NACC joins Children's Rights Leaders
NACC board and staff members attend the ABA Children's Rights Litigation Committee's 20th Anniversary Event: Children's Rights are Human Rights, 20 Years of Fearless Lawyering for Children.

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Sixto Cancel
Think of Us
Luncheon Keynote
Jerry Milner, DSW
HHS Children's Bureau
Opening Keynote
The top leaders in children's legal advocacy are coming to San Antonio!

Join a national community of advocates working to make this country a better place for children, youth, and families at NACC's 41st National Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Family Law Conference, August 23-25, 2018 , at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter hotel.

Early Registration
Early registration continues! Register before 5/20/2018 and receive $100 off! The conference will be held August 23-25, 2018 and a full day pre-conference Red Book Training will be held on August 22, 2018.

Check out the Updated Advance Agenda for more details on the dynamic conference presentations.
Room Block
The hotel room block at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter is open. Book here or call (210) 223-1000.

Sponsorship, Exhibiting, Advertising
Share your organization's information with the NACC's attendees and members as a sponsor, exhibitor, or advertise in our Conference Program.

Visit our conference page for the agenda, hotel information, sponsorship, and registration links.
Nominate an Outstanding Lawyer!
Every year at conference the National Association of Counsel for Children recognizes an Outstanding Legal Advocate and an Outstanding Young Lawyer. Award winners receive a free conference registration and are recognized at out Annual Luncheon.
Click here for the nomination form to recognize your colleagues.
Deadline: June 15, 2018
NACC Amicus Brief filed in the 5th Circuit

NACC filed an amicus brief in MD v. Abbott , in the United States Court of Appeals for the 5 th Circuit asking the Court of Appeals to affirm the decision of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.  

NACC asserted the District Court was correct in finding that children in foster care have a substantive due process right to be free from an unreasonable risk of harm. The “special relationship” between foster children and the State imposes a constitutional duty on the State to protect foster children from an unreasonable risk of harm. Further, the deprivation of liberty resulting from being placed in foster care is sufficient to trigger the protections of the Due Process Clause. NACC also argued that the State’s “special relationship” with foster children coupled with the deprivation of liberty as a result of being placed in foster care imposes on the State a constitutional duty to provide personal security and reasonably safe living conditions.

Click here for NACC's Amicus Brief and Texas Court Order under appeal

NACC is grateful to Akerman, LLP and its appellate attorneys Terry Adams and Nicolas Stepp, for preparing this important brief pro bono on behalf of NACC. 

Policy Action Alerts!

Stop Separating Families at the Border--National Call in Day Friday May 4

Take Action to Protect SNAP assistance--National Call in Day Tuesday May 8

Certification News: Member Discount Extended!
CWLS Application Fee Discount for NACC Members – Deadline Extended through May

NACC members: If you’ve been thinking about becoming a certified Child Welfare Law Specialist, now is the time! NACC members who submit their CWLS application and fee by the end of May will get an additional discount off the already-reduced application fee. Instead of the current $350 application fee,  NACC members can apply for only $300!  This application fee includes all exam costs as well as a copy of  Child Welfare Law and Practice, 3 rd  Edition  (the Red Book).

Please visit  www.NACCchildlaw.org/applicationrequest  to download the application and then  make your application payment online .   Don’t forget to use Discount Code 18CWLSMEMB when checking out. This special will run through May.

For more information, please visit our certification page or contact Ginger Burton at (303) 864-5329 or Certification@NACCchildlaw.org .
Other Child Welfare 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

Note--this is a date change from prior newsletters
Association of Family & Reconciliation Courts Annual Conference
June 6-9, 2018
Washington, DC

National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges Annual Conference
July 22-25, 2018
Denver, Colorado
Membership: the Silver Spring Special Continues!
Our 40th Anniversary Celebration Continues!

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 3 rd  edition of NACC’s Child Welfare Law & Practice (aka T he Red Book ) - an incredible value!

And, as par t of our Spring Membership Drive--we are making the deal even better for Silver Memberships. Take advantage of our Silver Spring Special by using Code SSS2018 at check out. For just $100, you can join NACC at the Silver level and receive a soft-cover copy of The Red Book.

Renew/Join/Rejoin now! Use code NACC40 at checkout or renew via mail! Take advantage of these offers to become eligible for a CWLS scholarship and reduced conference rates!
Smile to Support NACC
NACC is grateful for financial contributions of all sizes year round to support our programming and growth. Whether you donate $10, $25, or become a Platinum Lifetime Member, your support helps NACC contribute even more to the field of children’s legal advocacy. As we engage in strategic planning this year, your support will help us build for the future.

You can also support NACC while you shop! NACC participates in Amazon Smile, which donates a portion of every purchase you make back to NACC. Shop at smile.amazon.com , which has the same pricing and selection as amazon.com and designate NACC as your charity of choice. Thank you!
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