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    Kids, Families, and the Little Blog That Could


    by Kendall Marlowe, September 26, 2016
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    LSU Football, the U.S. Congress, and the American Child’s Right to Counsel


    by Kendall Marlowe, September 19, 2016
  • Brainstorming

    Asking the Experts: What Are the Three Most Critical Issues Facing Child Welfare Today?


    by Don Duquette, September 12, 2016
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    Reflections on the NACC Conference: The Need for More Education on the Role of Trauma in Child Development


    by Tisha Ortiz, September 5, 2016
  • The Red Book, 3rd Edition

    Child Welfare Law and Practice: Red Book 3 for Dependency Attorneys is Born


    by Kendall Marlowe, August 29, 2016

Kids, Families, and the Little Blog That Could

Kids, Families, and the Little Blog That Could

One hundred and thirty-two weeks ago, Children, Families and the Law set out to prove that there was an audience for analysis and commentary on law and policy impacting vulnerable kids, parents, and families. A law firm or two posted on a regular basis, but often more on middle class cases of divorce and custody. Advocacy organizations would put something up on their website on an ad hoc, irregular schedule, but no one in the United States had shown that […]

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LSU Football, the U.S. Congress, and the American Child’s Right to Counsel

LSU Football, the U.S. Congress, and the American Child’s Right to Counsel

This past Monday afternoon in Washington, D.C. was an anomaly on two counts: the weather was comfortably dry and the U.S. Congress took a moment to consider justice for children. Miracles do happen. Amy Harfeld of Children’s Advocacy Institute and Rricha Mathur of First Focus partnered with NACC and the ABA Center on Children and the Law to produce a Congressional Briefing on Children’s Right to Counsel, sponsored by the ever-laudable U.S. Representative Karen Bass of California. A packed Gold […]

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Asking the Experts: What Are the Three Most Critical Issues Facing Child Welfare Today?

Asking the Experts: What Are the Three Most Critical Issues Facing Child Welfare Today?

At the recent NACC Philly Conference, we started the first plenary session with an exercise intended to identify the major challenges facing child welfare. The question presented was: What are the three most critical issues facing child welfare today?” Attendees were sitting around conference tables of about 10 persons. Each of the tables came up with a list and I promised to analyze them and report back. I have summaries from 50 tables: I think you’ll find this information quite […]

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Reflections on the NACC Conference: The Need for More Education on the Role of Trauma in Child Development

Reflections on the NACC Conference: The Need for More Education on the Role of Trauma in Child Development

This year I attended the National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and it was an amazing experience. I was delighted to see an abundance of child welfare advocates and discover that people were generally interested in helping vulnerable children. Growing up in foster care, this is a side of the child welfare system that is barely seen. Oftentimes in foster care, it feels like no one understands how life in foster care feels or like […]

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Child Welfare Law and Practice: Red Book 3 for Dependency Attorneys is Born

Child Welfare Law and Practice: Red Book 3 for Dependency Attorneys is Born

It’s a lot thicker! That was the most common initial reaction from NACC members at our recent annual conference in Philadelphia to our new, third edition of Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases. Yes, pick up this substantial book and you’ll notice we’ve gone from 788 pages to 1,127 in order to more fully cover what an attorney (or judge, or social worker) needs to know in this field. […]

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