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    Reflections on 2016: Making Great Strides for Children and Families


    by Candi M. Mayes, November 28, 2016
  • Human Rights Day

    Stand Up for Someone’s Rights on Human Rights Day


    by Candi M. Mayes, November 21, 2016
  • Native American Art Installation

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


    by Jerin Damo, November 14, 2016
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    Giving Thanks This Holiday Season: NACC Annual Fund Drive


    by H.D. Kirkpatrick, November 7, 2016
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    The National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) is Hiring a New Executive Director


    by NACC Job Listing, October 31, 2016

I’m Not Your Honey, Darling: Demanding Respect For Female Attorneys

I’m Not Your Honey, Darling: Demanding Respect For Female Attorneys

Juvenile and family court dockets can be a roller coaster of unexpected and surprising developments, yet one factor is constant: the attorneys who have chosen this challenging field are disproportionately female. Many women serve on the front lines in dependency, delinquency, and custody law, and many are in leadership positions. Surely this means women working in court are respected, even admired, right? “I got the pat on the head,” reports the CEO of the National Association of Women Lawyers. Many

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What Child Development Teaches Us About Permanency For Kids in Foster Care

What Child Development Teaches Us About Permanency For Kids in Foster Care

Parenting would be easier if kids weren’t so good at learning from their parents. That’s one conclusion embedded in an upcoming book by psychology professor Alison Gopnik, previewed in a recent New York Times opinion piece. Research in the field of early childhood development increasingly reinforces the notion that kids have always learned best “by watching what the people around them did every day, and playing with the tools they used.” Education and foster care, though, are both based to

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Hotel Chicken and Sub-Zero Rooms – Confessions of an NACC Conference Planner

Hotel Chicken and Sub-Zero Rooms – Confessions of an NACC Conference Planner

Hot chicken and sub-zero rooms. Those are the two items I’m betting every meeting planner has had to contest with during a conference evaluation. I know I have during my 13 years here at NACC. The business of planning and hosting an event for hundreds of people takes patience, understanding, and an awesome team. The logistics leading up to an event keeps you busy for months, and you’re working on the current one and probably the next two at the

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Easy Come, Easy Go: The Plight of Children Who Spend Less Than Thirty Days in Foster Care

Easy Come, Easy Go: The Plight of Children Who Spend Less Than Thirty Days in Foster Care

Should we tolerate a child welfare system that removes 25,000 children a year from their families, only to return them within a few weeks of their removal? Are we concerned about the harm this process inflicts on children? If so, what steps should we take to address this problem? Removal is child welfare’s most severe intervention. Although often necessary to protect the safety of children, state and federal law requires the nation’s juvenile courts to carefully oversee the removal process

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Can #HACKCHILDLAW Bring Child Welfare Into the 21st Century?

Can #HACKCHILDLAW Bring Child Welfare Into the 21st Century?

Whether you’re a technophile or a technophobe, we all live in the midst of technology that has transformed our daily lives. Sitting in your kitchen at breakfast, your cell phone goes off with an AMBER alert telling you a child is missing. On your way to work, the phone pings again; it’s an app reminding you to take your medicine. As you approach the office, another app can now send you to the nearest available parking space. As you pull

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