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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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Chicken Little Can’t Save Discrimination-Based Foster Care Agencies

Chicken Little Can’t Save Discrimination-Based Foster Care Agencies

Change is hard, but we may experience more progress than we acknowledge. Our country is a more diverse and tolerant place, TV news clips notwithstanding, and the vast majority of Americans now oppose discrimination based on sexual identity. If you’re unclear on this and you’re a parent, check in with your kids, who can’t even understand what the big deal was supposed to be about. We’ve changed our perception of parenting, too, understanding that love and support of a growing

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How Child Advocates and Judges Can Help Keep LGBTQ Youth Safe from Violence in Out-of-Home Care

How Child Advocates and Judges Can Help Keep LGBTQ Youth Safe from Violence in Out-of-Home Care

February was Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Throughout the month, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) ran a series of blog posts highlighting important issues affecting youth victimized through dating violence. The NACC has been responding to each of these posts with follow-up articles that extend the conversation. Last week, the NCJFCJ published their fifth and final article in the series, “System Barriers Facing Teen Dating Violence Survivors.” This post, written by Currey Cook, Senior Attorney

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Thanksgiving in July?

Thanksgiving in July?

Human relationships are transactional, and it’s no disrespect to human nature to suspect that a “thank you” may mean more than “thanks.” The giver may hope the expression of gratitude motivates the receiver to do even more of the thing they’ve just been thanked for. Parents who thank their older son repeatedly for not punching his little brother quite as often know what I’m saying. So, thank you. We started this blog in May of 2014 with no funding and

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Gay Marriage, the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Right to Burn the Pizza

Gay Marriage, the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Right to Burn the Pizza

If we live long enough, Things We Thought Would Never Happen In Our Lifetime still happen. For many of us, living in a country governed by an African American president has been followed by the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land. It’s 2015, and we still haven’t received the jet-packs we were all supposed to be flying around in 15 years ago, but the law’s view of marriage has been transformed. Are we also ready

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