Reflections on 2016: Making Great Strides for Children and Families


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2016 has been a very full year for us. The NACC ranks rose to over 4,000 members, and we now have over 600 certified Child Welfare Law Specialists nationwide. We had our best attended conference ever in Philadelphia, PA. We published and released the third edition of Child Welfare Law and Practice (aka The Red Book), the only national treatise dedicated to this area of the law, with 40% more content. We are in the midst of our Annual Fund Drive and now, as the year comes to a close, we are not resting but conducting a nationwide search for the next NACC Executive Director.

We are proud of the work that we have done this year. In addition to the above we have also been able to provide important legal trainings, technical support, and amicus briefs. Our staff attorneys also took on the direct representation of some clients in Denver, Colorado; the additional experience and knowledge that our attorneys gain is informing the practical training curricula currently in development.

We look forward to continuing these programs into 2017 in addition to pursuing some exciting new opportunities. Of course, none of this would be possible without your support. On behalf of the NACC Staff and Board of Directors, we extend our thanks to you and look forward to partnering with you in the New Year.

This blog will be on hiatus for December – best wishes to you and your families for a safe and happy holiday season.

About Candi M. Mayes

JD, MJM, CWLS Candi Mayes is a regular blog contributor, NACC board member, and the CEO and Executive Director of Dependency Legal Group of San Diego (DLG). DLG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation representing indigent families involved in child welfare cases in San Diego county.

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