February 2018
Court Improvement Program (CIP) Talks
How Courts and Attorneys Help Strengthen Families
February 28, 2018, 12:00 – 5:00 PM
National Association of State Courts (NCSC)
Education and Technology Center
300 Newport Ave, Williamsburg, VA 23185
The event will feature ten succinct talks by nationally recognized child welfare experts all detailing the roles that courts and attorneys can play in keeping families healthy, strong, and together. The Talks will discuss the roles judges and attorneys play in strengthening families, by:
  • helping reduce the number of unnecessary removals;
  • engaging parents, children and youth;
  • improving case planning and ensuring effective service provision;
  • promoting kinship care;
  • increasing and enhancing family/parenting time; and
  • advancing child and parent well-being
The livecast is available here the day of the event. A number of jurisdictions across the country are hosting viewing parties. 
Speakers will include:
  • Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner, Children’s Bureau
  • Dr. Alicia Summers, Director of Research and Evaluation, National Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Courts
  • Carlyn Hicks, Clinical Adjunct Professor, Mission First Legal Aid Office, Mississippi College School of Law
  • Hon. Michael Nash, Director, Los Angeles County Office of Child Protection 
  • Kevonne Small US DOJ, Office of Civil Rights
  • Jennifer Renne, Director, CBCC , ABA Center on Children and the Law
  • Hon. Carrie Garrow, Chief Judge, St Regis Mohawk Nation
  • Don Duquette, University of Michigan Law School
  • Melissa Carter, Barton Center, Emory Law School
  • Michele Cortese , Director, Center for Family Representation 
  • Hon. Cindy Lederman, 11th Judicial Circuit Court, Juvenile Division, Florida
Join us in Unforgettable San Antonio!
The top leaders in child welfare, juvenile justice, and family law are coming to San Antonio. Join the national community of multidisciplinary advocates working to make this country a better place for children, youth, and families at the 41st National Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Family Law Conference, August 23-25, 2018 , at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter.

Early Registration
In addition, early registration is now open for the 41st National Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Family Law Conference and pre-conference. Register before 4/30/2018 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. Our conference and pre-conference are typically approved for CLE in all jurisdictions. Visit here to register.
Room Block
The hotel room block at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter is open. Book online here or call (210) 223-1000.
Visit our conference page or reach out to Conference@NACCchildlaw.org with questions or for more details. We are looking forward to yet another engaging and dynamic conference!
Congratulations these new Child Welfare Law Specialists!

Carolyn Altman, JD, CWLS
Altman Law Firm
Douglasville, GA
Anastasia Cowan, JD, CWLS
Arnold and Smith, PLLC
Charlotte, NC
Carlyn Hicks, JD, CWLS
Mission First Legal Aid Office
Jackson, MS
Leslie Jones, JD, CWLS
Attorney at Law
Corrales, NM
Frank Ruiz, JD, CWLS
County of Kings, Office of the County Counsel
Hanford, CA
Joseph Seyler, JD, CWLS
Mental Health Advocacy Service/Child Advocacy Program
Baton Rouge, LA

40 th Anniversary Certification Pricing
To continue our celebration of forty years of child welfare advocacy, we are finding ways to reduce expenses and drop the price for our Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS) certification application fee. Apply during 2018 for just $350 (normally $650)! Price includes a copy of the 3 rd edition Red Book. 

To apply, please visit our certification page or contact Ginger Burton at (303) 864-5329 or Certification@NACCchildlaw.org .
Give the Gift of Membership!

Our 40 th anniversary campaign continues, and giving the gift of membership is just one more way you can support NACC and the work we do. Give a colleague, friend, or family member a Bronze, Silver, or Gold membership or renew/extend their existing one during this very special 40% off campaign!

Click here for the gift membership order form, join yourself today , or reach out to Membership@NACCchildlaw.org   for more details!
The NACC policy department supported Florida’s Proposal 40, which was a proposal to amend the Florida Constitution to include children’s right to court appointed legal counsel in dependency proceedings. Currently, children are the only parties in Florida dependency court proceedings without legal counsel. Although Proposal 40 did not receive the necessary number of votes to move along in the legislative process, NACC is committed to continuing to support the campaign Foster Fairness to secure children’s right to legal counsel in Florida and across the country. 

NACC also participated in the amicus curiae brief In re the Dependency of S.K-P . , filed in the Washington Supreme Court, supporting a child’s right to legal counsel in all dependency court proceedings. 
Training News
The NACC training team regularly works with states, court improvement, and other organizations to deliver high-quality training for child welfare attorneys. 

Looking for a single session, a full-day intensive, or even tacking on our signature Red Book Training to your event? Contact us at Training@NACCchildlaw.org .
Other Child Welfare News
Upcoming Events
Judges Helping Families Impacted by the Opioid Crisis Congressional Briefing
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CVC 217, Congressional Meeting Room South
Capitol Visitor Center
For more information and to register, visit here .
Raising ADA Claims to Advocate for Parents with Disabilities in Child Welfare Cases Webinar
March 14, 2018  1:00 PM — 2:30 PM ET
For more information and to register, visit here .
Training on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Friday, March 23, 2018
Jackson, MS
Presented by: The Office of State Public Defender
Sponsored by: the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome & Disability Rights, MS
Registration forms will be available soon and space is limited. For more information email Beau Rudder at: brudd@ospd.ms.gov .
Children’s Rights are Human Rights: 20 Years of Fearless Lawyering for Children
May 1, 2018
University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
San Diego, CA

Join the ABA Children’s Rights Litigation Committee for a day-long symposium to celebrate our anniversary as well as the victories in our field during the last 20 years. We also will convene a dynamic and interactive conversation among all attendees, who will include both the pioneers of children’s law as well as the newest generation of children’s justice advocates, focused on where we need to be going next for our child clients. Click here for more information or to register for this free event.
National Association of Counsel for Children | www.NACCchildaw.org