Poverty

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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Something to Be Thankful For: The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act of 2015

Something to Be Thankful For: The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act of 2015

Federal legislation that serves to increase opportunity for homeless and foster youth does not come along every day. This is why there was such excitement earlier this month when the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act of 2015 was introduced by Senator Patty Murray. As we as members of NACC know, homeless and foster youth face unique and significant barriers in higher education. Over 1.2 million homeless children and youth are currently enrolled in U.S.

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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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The Indian Child Welfare Act and the Fight to Keep Native American Children with Their Families

The Indian Child Welfare Act and the Fight to Keep Native American Children with Their Families

Stories have power (and a recent post by Cathy Krebs of the ABA asked for yours.) I’d love to write you a compelling story on why the battle to treat Native American families lawfully and respectfully is far from over, but investigative journalist Laura Rena Murray has already done it. Click the button below to read the harrowing tale of grandmothers fighting to raise their own grandchildren, and then please visit the “comments” section to tell us: what we can

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Why Ferguson Matters To All Of Us: Due Process for Impoverished Families

Why Ferguson Matters To All Of Us: Due Process for Impoverished Families

ArchCity Defenders represents the indigent on a pro bono basis in criminal and civil legal matters while working closely with social service providers to connect clients with services. Our primary goal has been to remove the legal barriers preventing our homeless clients from accessing the housing, job training, and treatment they need to get on with their lives. Our work takes place primarily in the municipal courts, which have jurisdiction over infractions for mostly traffic-related offenses. We focus our policy

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