January 2019
Thank you for helping NACC meet our fundraising goals for 2018!
Announcing the Winner of the 2018 End-of-Year Giving Campaign Drawing...
Congratulations Marlee Galvez, Esq ., an agency attorney in the Administration for Children's Services in Kings County Family Court. She will be receiving a gift certificate from the Anaheim Marriott for two nights hotel stay during this years NACC’s Conference.

Congratulations Marlee!
Now Accepting Abstracts through February 3

Abstracts are open for the National Child Welfare Law Conference. Take this opportunity to share your
thoughts, research, and outcomes with hundreds of child welfare law professionals.

National Child Welfare Law Conference is a unique event for child and family legal and policy professionals from across the country to gather to continue their legal education, exchange new ideas, build skills, and network with colleagues and friends.NACC is grateful for the contributions of our national conference faculty, who provide their time, talent, and treasure to produce a high-quality training event which inspires attendees to do their best work for children and families in courtroom and policy advocacy. Selected faculty receive complimentary conference registration.

Please click here. for more information or to submit now. Final deadline is February 3, 2019 .

42nd National Child Welfare Law Conference Registration

Please join us as we support a national community of attorneys, judges, social workers, CASAs, health professionals, and other children’s advocates at our 42nd National Child Welfare Law Conference. For
three days, this special community gathers to continue their education, improve their skills, and find
inspiration and renewed commitment to their work. Over 700 professionals from across the country attend NACC’s conference and our goal is to provide attendees a high-quality experience that motivates effective advocacy for children and families.

The conference will be held August 26 -28, 2019 at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel . The Anaheim Marriott is just down the street from Disneyland and NACC's hotel rate begins Friday, August 23, 2019.

A full-day pre-conference live Red Book Training will be held on August 25, 2019 .

Need another reason to attend? How about 13! Check out this piece on Anaheim from the New York Times.
Congratulations to our Newest Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist!

Kathleen Sullivan, JD, CWLS  
Citizens Concerned for Children, Inc.
Ithaca, NY
Make becoming a CWLS your 2019 New Year’s Resolution!
CWLS Application Pricing Extended through January!

NACC is extending the reduced 2018 CWLS application pricing through the end of January
for those of you who have made it your goal to become certified in 2019. 
Be sure to submit your application and $350 fee by 1/31/19. 
The application fee will be going up starting February 1 st

Visit NACC’s  CWLS certification webpage for more information and to request an application .

Stay Tuned for Upcoming Information on:

  • 2019 CWLS Application Pricing
  • Scheduling Your 2019 CWLS Exam
  • 2018 CWLS Survey Results
  • Opportunities for CWLS Engagement
Online Red Book Training Course begins in March
We are proud to announce the spring session of our online Red Book Training Course. This course is designed to assist attendees 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, and all webinars are available for up to 6 months to watch and re-watch at your leisure. The material covered in the course is drawn from  Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases  (3rd Edition) and an electronic copy of the Red Book is included.

NACC will be offering the Red Book Training Course twice annually, in the spring and the fall. Please consider including this course or a Red Book live training into your regular training schedule. Contact our team for information on discount packages for training, Red Books, and CWLS certification.

To register individuals or for more information, visit  here .

To register your group, email  Training@NACCchildlaw.org .
Call for Topics for Upcoming Webinars

Starting in 2019 NACC is planning on hosting a series of webinars for our members and we want to hear from you. Share your great ideas and thoughts about webinar topics you would either like to deliver or view. For more information please contact Brooke Silverthorn at brooke.silverthorn@naccchildlaw.org .
  • The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is up for reauthorization. NACC is advocating for an addition to the GAL provision that would include children’s right to legal representation, in addition to a lay GAL or CASA.  We expect a bill to be introduced by spring of 2019. Do you have a story about how your legal advocacy made difference in a child’s case and life? We would love to hear from you about the impact lawyers have on dependency cases. If you have a story to share, please email Brooke Silverthorn at brooke.silverthorn@naccchildlaw.org.

  • Starting in 2019, the NACC Every Kid Needs a Family workgroup is going to look at common barriers that prevent placement in families. The ultimate goal is to work on solutions to those barriers, whether it be proposing new laws or policies, or creating a toolkit with legal arguments and sample motions. To that end, we would love to hear from you. What are the major barriers in your state and/or jurisdiction? Do you have any ideas about what tools would help overcome those barriers? If you are interested in sharing information, please email eknfworkgroup@naccchildlaw.org.
Call for contributions to NACC's Guardian Law Journal
NACC is expanding the content offered to its members through The Guardian and other avenues, and would like to invite you to contribute. As your interest and time allow, we are looking for individuals to:

1.    Share ideas for articles with us (e.g., send a link to a new legal development in your state, or tell us something you’d like to learn more about from a subject matter expert or fellow attorneys).
2.    Join our Guardian reader panel, and agree to send brief responses to specific questions posed by NACC 1-2 times per month (e.g, sharing practice tips, resources you rely on).
3.    Write or contribute to articles, or connect us to others who might be interested in doing so. (Currently we are looking for articles in the 1000-3500 word range, although will consider longer or shorter articles.)
4.    Be interviewed for articles (to be written by NACC staff).

If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, please e-mail comms@NACCchildlaw.org
Relevant News

Call for Papers

  • The Children's Legal Rights Journal is accepting submissions of articles for Volume 39 Issue 3, to be released summer 2019. The Journal welcomes submissions of 15-60 pages double spaced addressing issues of children's legal rights. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those articles received by January 15, 2019. Please click here for more details.

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