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ICWA and Indian Heritage: So Much More than “Paperwork”

ICWA and Indian Heritage: So Much More than “Paperwork”

During the summer of 2016, as a 2L law student at the University of Denver, I had the opportunity to intern for the Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative. As part of my duties, I was charged with observing dependency and neglect court proceedings to ensure that children in Colorado are receiving the best representation possible. While observing one particular case, I witnessed an incident that I will never forget. I entered the courtroom and began taking notes per my

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Ridesharing for Reunification: Is Uber the Answer to Improving Child Visitation Attendance?

Ridesharing for Reunification: Is Uber the Answer to Improving Child Visitation Attendance?

Whether you think ride services like Uber and Lyft are destroying the driving profession or the greatest thing since sliced bread, it is undeniable that the very nature of transportation is rapidly changing right before our eyes. From providing a safe ride home for college students on the weekends to delivering kittens to offices on National Cat Day, these companies cater to a vast range of consumers and continue to innovate in new and unexpected ways. The progression of this

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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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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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Simone Biles, the Olympics, and the Gold Medal in Parenting

Simone Biles, the Olympics, and the Gold Medal in Parenting

Maybe you were busy at work. Maybe you were lucky enough to be at the NACC Conference in Philly. Whatever the reason, the 2016 Olympics in Rio blew right past you, over before you knew they’d begun. That’s probably just fine, but if you work in law, policy, and advocacy around kids and families, it’s worth a moment to recognize what just happened with multiple-gold-medal-winning U.S. gymnast Simone Biles. Ms. Biles performed with stunning athleticism and the effortless grace of

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