Nominate an Outstanding Legal Advocate and Young Lawyer
Click here for Nomination Forms -- deadline June 15, 2018
Award winners will be recognized at NACC's National Conference
2017 Outstanding Legal Advocate Jill Johnson
Deputy Chief of the Juvenile Division
Marion County Public Defender Agency, IN
2017 Outstanding Young Lawyer Jane Hogan
Staff Attorney, LSU Parole and Re-Entry Clinic
Louisiana State University Law Center
NACC Conference 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.

Conference attendees: Click here to register for for this free Lunch & Learn session.
NACC's 41st Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Family Law Conference
Have you checked out NACC's Conference 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, Children and Parents with Disabilities, Homelessness, Fathers, Teen Parents, Religious Freedom laws, Trafficking, Trauma, Brain Science, Psychiatrists, Housing, Holistic Representation and so much more-- Register Today!

Got a Group? NACC offers registration discounts for groups of 3 people or more. Contact for more information on how to register your group with NACC.
Book your Room at the Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter

NACC's Conference will be held in downtown San Antonio at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. Stay with your friends and colleagues and take advantage of our exclusive rate. Book your room online or call reservations at 1-800-648-4462 and tell them you are with NACC. Our hotel blocks do sell out over the summer so please book today to secure your room.

Want to share information as a Conference Exhibitor/Advertiser? Join the conversation to share resources, special reports, and upcoming events with your colleagues through Conference Sponsorship, Exhibiting, and/or Advertising. Click here for our Brochure . Consider a Bronze sponsorship for $1000 to bundle registration, exhibiting, and advertising . Session Sponsorships start at $250 for non-profit organizations.
For all Conference Questions see , email , or call 1-888-828-6222.
Policy News: NACC Opposes Family Separation at the Border
NACC joined child welfare, juvenile justice, and immigration advocates this spring to recirculate a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice opposing family separation at the border. By taking children from parents the federal government has rendered hundreds of children “unaccompanied,” adding them to the ranks of truly unaccompanied children—those who do not have parents to care for them. And now the government is turning to abandoned military bases to house these children. NACC thanks the Young Center, Kids in Need of Defense, and other advocates for their leadership and for engaging child welfare and juvenile justice organizations in opposition.

In other news, NACC is also actively involved in the National Child Abuse Coalition with other organizations dedicated to children’s issues. NACC and others are working to develop priorities related to CAPTA (Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act) reauthorization, including providing for children's right to counsel. Contact to share your thoughts on CAPTA.
Certification News: NACC Attends ABA Specialization Roundtable
NACC's Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS) Certification Program is one of eight national certification programs accredited by the American Bar Association, and is the only program dedicated to public-interest clients.

NACC's Executive Director Kim Dvorchak and Certification Director Daniel Trujillo attended the ABA Specialization Roundtable in Louisville, Kentucky to share our certification expertise and advocate for the perspective of public-interest lawyers and the protection of child and low-income clients.

Also--NACC thanks the Child Welfare Law Specialists who signed up to join NACC's Every Kid Needs Family Workgroup with NACC's Director of Legal and Policy Advocacy Brooke Silverthorn. Workgroup members will meet monthly to share their experiences implementing the Every Kid Needs a Family Attorney Advocacy tool . Stay tuned for updates on this exciting work!

For more information about how to become a CWLS, visit our certification page, or contact Ginger Burton at .
NACC welcomes the Class of 2018 Summer Interns!

NACC is thrilled to host three law students this summer to bring their spirit and engage their enthusiasm for children's justice in our work!

Molly Jickling, University of Colorado
Rising 2L from Washington DC with prior experience in housing and early education.

Maura Guarderamma, University of Colorado
Rising 2L from New Mexico with prior experience working for a criminal defense law firm.

Lanru Qiao, Harvard Law School
Rising 2L, just completed her first year in the U.S. and concerned about children's rights in China

Welcome Molly, Maura, and Lanru!
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.
Starting June 18, please contact NACC at:

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

You can reach all staff at
Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Certificate Programs
CJJR is now accepting applications through July 13th, for the   Supporting the Well-Being of System-Involved LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program , which will be held October 22-26, 2018 at Georgetown University. This year CJJR has partnered with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Ceres Policy Research to provide a weeklong training focused on effective policy and practice reforms that promote positive youth development and take a holistic approach to addressing the needs of LGBTQ youth in child-serving systems.
CJJR is also accepting applications through July 27th for the  Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program The training will be held at Georgetown University from November 5-9, 2018 in partnership with the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, and will help jurisdictions identify the most promising areas for reform at key juvenile justice system decision points, including arrest, referral, diversion, detention, disposition and post-disposition. The training will also address specific strategies to reduce overrepresentation and address disparities at those decision points.
As part of each Certificate Program, participants will develop and implement a Capstone Project that applies the learning from the particular training to a local reform effort that is designed to improve outcomes for system-involved youth in their jurisdictions.
View the  curriculum  and  apply  to the LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program by July 13, 2018.
Learn more  and  apply  to the RED Certificate Program by July 27, 2018.

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