March 2018
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
Early registration is now open. 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 with questions or for more details. We are looking forward to yet another engaging and dynamic conference!
Congratulations these new Child Welfare Law Specialists!

Tamalani Barnett, JD, CWLS
RaisingHOPE, Inc.
Thousand Oaks, CA

Steven Bass, JD, CWLS
San Bernardino County Office of the County Counsel
San Bernardino, CA

Amanda Calogero, JD, CWLS
Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office
Harvey, LA

Meghann Mills, JD, CWLS
Utah Office of the Guardian ad Litem and CASA
Salt Lake City, UT

Alice Montestruc, 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) application fee.  Apply during 2018 for just $350 (previously $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 .
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!
Many states are currently in the midst of the legislative session. If there is an important bill that you need NACC’s support of (or opposition to), please reach out to Brooke Silverthorn at o r fill out our Advocacy Request form on our website .
NACC is also seeking 10-12 CWLS attorneys for participation in a pilot workgroup to use the attorney advocacy tool NACC created in partnership with the ABA Center on Children and the Law and the Annie E. Casey Foundation to assist with children being placed in family settings. Stay tuned for official instructions on how to apply to be a part of this pilot workgroup. In the meantime, you can also email for more information. 
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 .
Other Child Welfare News
Court Improvement Program (CIP) Talks
How Courts and Attorneys Help Strengthen Families
If you missed the 2/28/2018 event, you can watch a video recording here.

Speakers included:
  • 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
Upcoming Events
Family First Prevention Services Act: Implications for Grandfamilies
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT
Generations United is hosting a webinar on March 20 to review how the new changes to federal child welfare law made in Family First will impact grandfamilies and the organizations that support them. This webinar will walk through key provisions including: kinship navigator programs; services to kinship caregivers, children, and birth parents to prevent children from entering foster care, and provisions to address barriers to licensing relatives as foster parents.   Please register here .
Treating Infants with Prenatal Substance Exposure and Their Parents Webinar
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, and the Children’s Bureau will hold a webinar, “Infants with Prenatal Substance Exposure and Their Parents: Family Approach of Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.” The webinar will provide an overview of the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital initiative to improve the quality of care of infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; findings from a study of the hospital’s initiative published in  Pediatrics ; and interventions focused on non-pharmacologic therapies and a simplified approach to assessment for infants exposed to methadone in utero. Click  here t o register.
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: .
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.
How 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 , which has the same pricing and selection as and designate NACC as your charity of choice. Thank you!
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