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ABA Center on Children and the Law

ABA Center on Children and the Law The Center's mission is to promote access to justice for children and families. www.americanbar.org/child With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.

As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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03/31/2022
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The ABA Center on Children and the Law Conferences launch next week! We are sold out for April 7-8 with some spaces remaining for April 5-6. All registrations will close April 1 at Midnight. We look forward to seeing you soon! http://ow.ly/6ViY50IxeyN

Legally Recognizing Fictive Kin Relationships:  A Call for Action - https://mailchi.mp/dd52b60dd76f/announcing-clp-today...
03/01/2022
Legally Recognizing Fictive Kin Relationships: A Call for Action

Legally Recognizing Fictive Kin Relationships: A Call for Action - https://mailchi.mp/dd52b60dd76f/announcing-clp-today-5762304

Despite the prevalence of kinship care arrangements both in and outside of the foster care system, there are many contexts in which the law does not recognize fictive kin relationships. A fictive kin relationship is one that a child has with “an individual who is not related by birth, adoption, or...

The New Mexico legislature recently passed a bill creating a new independent Office of Family Representation and Advocac...
02/25/2022
New Mexico to create new legal aid office for child welfare cases - Youth Today

The New Mexico legislature recently passed a bill creating a new independent Office of Family Representation and Advocacy to help families connect to higher quality legal aid. The bill should allow for improved compensation and caseloads for attorneys, resulting in higher quality advocacy for children and families.
https://youthtoday.org/2022/02/new-mexico-to-create-new-legal-aid-office-for-child-welfare-cases/

News - Child welfare professionals in New Mexico are applauding passage of a bill they say will improve legal representation for youth and families impacted by foster care. | Youth Today adheres to high-quality journalistic standards, providing readers with professional news coverage dedicated to ex...

02/10/2022
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ABA President Turner calls on the Colorado General Assembly to support House Bill 22-1038, requiring client-directed counsel for youth 12 and older in dependency cases, consistent with the ABA Model Act.
http://ow.ly/zmkS50HRXsh.

The ABA Children's Rights Litigation Committee has developed a valuable new tool for lawyers that compiles research on t...
02/08/2022
Benefits of Kinship Placement

The ABA Children's Rights Litigation Committee has developed a valuable new tool for lawyers that compiles research on the benefits of kinship care for use in in-court and out-of-court advocacy. Check the link for the full memo, executive summary, talking points, federal and state law policy resources, and social science research resources. http://ow.ly/r6bA50HPZZA

Social science support for your in-court and out-of-court legal advocacy and clinical reasons why kinship foster/adoptive care is better for children than non-kinship foster/adoptive care.

02/01/2022
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Early bird registration is now open for the Center's National Conferences. Register before March 1 to save on registrati...
01/27/2022

Early bird registration is now open for the Center's National Conferences. Register before March 1 to save on registration rates. PLUS: the first 100 early bird registrants get a free copy of the ABA's Child Safety Guide for Attorneys and Judges ($25 value).
Register: http://ow.ly/1Eeb50HFBKo
Learn more: http://ow.ly/1VN650HFBKn

The youth's voice is key to realizing justice in child welfare cases. In this new CIP Talk, Andrea Khoury, Assistant Att...
01/18/2022
Andrea Khoury: Youth Voice in Realizing Justice

The youth's voice is key to realizing justice in child welfare cases. In this new CIP Talk, Andrea Khoury, Assistant Attorney General, Charles County, Maryland Department of Social Services, discusses the professional and personal duties lawyers and judges have to ensure children are present in all decisions that affect them.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tsh5k7vvoso

More CIP Talks: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_interest/child_law/project-areas/national-court-projects/cip-talks/

Andrea Khoury, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, Charles County, Maryland Department of Social Services, discusses the the professional and personal duties l...

01/13/2022
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Huge congratulations to the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) and the National Advisory Council on Children’s Legal Representation (NACCLR) for publishing new Recommendations for Legal Representation of Children and Youth in Neglect and Abuse Proceedings. http://ow.ly/SImE50Hu2tO

In this new CIP Talk, Diamond Whitley, Youth Engagement Specialist, One Voice Impaact, shares her experience as a youth ...
01/06/2022
Diamond Whitley: Pathways to Youth Voice

In this new CIP Talk, Diamond Whitley, Youth Engagement Specialist, One Voice Impaact, shares her experience as a youth in the foster care system and the importance of youth voice to improve the child welfare system.
http://ow.ly/lshB50HoBZ2

Diamond Whitley, Youth Engagement Specialist, One Voice Impaact, shares her experience as a youth in the foster care system and the importance of youth voice...

Are you interested in international children's advocacy work? Join the ABA Rule of Law Initiative & the Grameen Foundati...
12/08/2021
RICHES Toolkit for Women's Economic Empowerment Actors: Understanding, Mitigating, and Preventing Child Harm and Promoting Child Protection

Are you interested in international children's advocacy work? Join the ABA Rule of Law Initiative & the Grameen Foundation at 8:30am – 10:00 am ET on 12/14 for a webinar on "Reducing the Incidence of Child Labor and Harmful Conditions of Work" http://ow.ly/7k2p50H6Cjt; http://ow.ly/l2kT50H6CqL; http://ow.ly/rJmU50H6CqN

Promoting justice, economic opportunity and human dignity through the rule of law.

Valuing and engaging parents in decisions when their children are prescribed psychotropic medication is the focus of thi...
12/01/2021

Valuing and engaging parents in decisions when their children are prescribed psychotropic medication is the focus of this new judge's action alert. Learn the benefits of engaging parents and strategies to ensure they are actively involved. http://ow.ly/Uqsi50H1pqt

More Judge's Action Alerts: http://ow.ly/yT4c50H1ptR

Join Futures Without Violence 12/1 for this webinar highlighting the role of collaborative partnerships between advocacy...
11/18/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Building Collaborative Responses with Community Health Centers to Support Survivors at the Intersection of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking. After registering, you will receive a...

Join Futures Without Violence 12/1 for this webinar highlighting the role of collaborative partnerships between advocacy programs and community health centers, to support the health, safety, and trauma-informed care for survivors. http://ow.ly/FlFV50GR2Nu

Healthcare providers are often an initial point of contact, or first line responder, for people who are sexually assaulted, in situations of domestic violence or trafficking. Building collaborative responses with healthcare providers across disciplines, helps promote health and well-being, in additi...

Legal professionals often collaborate with the child welfare system and are integral to achieving permanency for teens. ...
11/12/2021
For Legal Professionals - National Adoption Month - Child Welfare Information Gateway

Legal professionals often collaborate with the child welfare system and are integral to achieving permanency for teens. To provide quality representation and ensure the case plan meets the young person’s needs, legal professionals must engage youth. Check the link for resources for collaborating with child welfare, promoting youth engagement, and supporting adoption for teens. http://ow.ly/FFBG50GoEdL
#NationalAdoptionMonth

Learn strategies for how legal professionals can collaborate with child welfare to support youth engagement and teen adoption.

In this new CIP Talk, Judge Aurora Martinez Jones shares guidance for child welfare judges and advocates on listening to...
11/10/2021
Hon. Aurora Martinez Jones: Listen to Believe

In this new CIP Talk, Judge Aurora Martinez Jones shares guidance for child welfare judges and advocates on listening to children who come to court, allowing them to speak and be heard, and supporting their needs. She stresses that children's perception of justice must go hand in hand with the practices to administer justice. http://ow.ly/2k5u50GKzmn

More CIP Talks: http://ow.ly/jCr650GKzoa

Judge Aurora Martinez Jones shares guidance for child welfare judges and advocates on listening to children who come to court, allowing them to speak out and...

We're pleased to share this recent CIP Talk featuring Cristal Ramirez. She highlights strategies for authentically and i...
11/02/2021
Cristal Ramirez: Making Lived Experience Engagement Authentic, Intentional, and Mutually Benefical

We're pleased to share this recent CIP Talk featuring Cristal Ramirez. She highlights strategies for authentically and intentionally engaging youth with lived experience in child welfare reform and advocacy efforts. http://ow.ly/KCOz50GEvcY

Cristal Ramirez, MS, Youth Engagement Manager, National Association of Counsel for Children, discusses steps to take to authentically and intentionally enga...

The Family Justice Initiative has just produced a new guide with discussion, tips, and tools to enhance in-court advocac...
10/29/2021

The Family Justice Initiative has just produced a new guide with discussion, tips, and tools to enhance in-court advocacy by children's and parents' attorneys . It focuses on the strategic use of litigation and in-court advocacy skills and strategies to help clients achieve their case goals. http://ow.ly/7s7M50GBg57

Related (Out-of-Court Advocacy Guide): http://ow.ly/V0wa50GBgcV

We are thrilled to join @GenerationsUnited to launch the National Technical Assistance Center on Grandfamilies and Kinsh...
10/29/2021
National Technical Assistance Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families - Generations United

We are thrilled to join @GenerationsUnited to launch the National Technical Assistance Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families, a 5-year cooperative agreement funded through @ACLgov. We look forward to serving and supporting grandfamilies and kinship families across the country and working to ensure local, tribal, state, and federal systems support their families. http://ow.ly/IxRG50GB6rW

Generations United is creating the first National Technical Assistance Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families (NTAC),* funded by a five-year cooperative agreement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living (ACL).

Thank you so much to all our supporters on #ABAGivingDay!  There are a few hours remaining and we'd love to have you joi...
10/28/2021
Protect Children's Rights and Family Integrity

Thank you so much to all our supporters on #ABAGivingDay! There are a few hours remaining and we'd love to have you join us in celebrating the ABA's work promoting access to justice for children and families! http://ow.ly/sCMC50GAF0p

The ABA Center on Children and the Law improves due process and legal representation in the child welfare legal field. Donors promote access to justice for children and families.

The Center is thrilled to partner with ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, withlivedexperience.org, and wond...
10/25/2021
Vol. 47, No. 1: Empowering Youth at Risk through Legal Rights Education

The Center is thrilled to partner with ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, withlivedexperience.org, and wonderful ABA members to launch the October issue of the ABA Human Rights Magazine focused on children's rights! https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/empowering-youth-at-risk/

In this issue of Human Rights, we focus on achieving access to justice for those among us who are so many times easily ignored or overlooked—our children.

NEW! This judge's action alert highlights how judges can promote the health and well-being of children in the child welf...
10/21/2021

NEW! This judge's action alert highlights how judges can promote the health and well-being of children in the child welfare system during challenging times. It examines the impact of disruptive events like the COVID-19 pandemic on normalcy for children and youth, legal requirements for promoting normalcy, judges' roles, and resources that show how courts are promoting normalcy.https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/child_law/normalcy-during-challenging-times.pdf

Check out more Judge's Action Alerts developed by the Center and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges: http://ow.ly/5Vrv50GvxaH

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The ABA Center on Children and the Law Conferences launch next week! We are sold out for April 7-8 with some spaces remaining for April 5-6. All registrations will close April 1 at Midnight. We look forward to seeing you soon! http://ow.ly/6ViY50IxeyN
Legally Recognizing Fictive Kin Relationships: A Call for Action - https://mailchi.mp/dd52b60dd76f/announcing-clp-today-5762304
The New Mexico legislature recently passed a bill creating a new independent Office of Family Representation and Advocacy to help families connect to higher quality legal aid. The bill should allow for improved compensation and caseloads for attorneys, resulting in higher quality advocacy for children and families. https://youthtoday.org/2022/02/new-mexico-to-create-new-legal-aid-office-for-child-welfare-cases/
In this new CIP Talk, Jennifer Rhodes and Madison Sandoval-Lunn explore the importance of and strategies for engaging youth in child welfare system change efforts. http://ow.ly/CijC50HSQwh More CIP Talks: http://ow.ly/yuYr50HSQwf
ABA President Turner calls on the Colorado General Assembly to support House Bill 22-1038, requiring client-directed counsel for youth 12 and older in dependency cases, consistent with the ABA Model Act. http://ow.ly/zmkS50HRXsh.
The ABA Children's Rights Litigation Committee has developed a valuable new tool for lawyers that compiles research on the benefits of kinship care for use in in-court and out-of-court advocacy. Check the link for the full memo, executive summary, talking points, federal and state law policy resources, and social science research resources. http://ow.ly/r6bA50HPZZA
Tell us what you think! Please complete this short ABA Public Interest Law survey to share your ideas on how the ABA can best serve public interest lawyers in a range of fields across the country. http://ow.ly/Kiu750HISJ4
ABA President calls for Congress to support child and parent counsel provisions in 2022 CAPTA Reauthorization. Share the ABA letter and Talking Points with your representative. http://ow.ly/tqiY50HGV4y. http://ow.ly/usuy50HGV4x
Early bird registration is now open for the Center's National Conferences. Register before March 1 to save on registration rates. PLUS: the first 100 early bird registrants get a free copy of the ABA's Child Safety Guide for Attorneys and Judges ($25 value). Register: http://ow.ly/1Eeb50HFBKo Learn more: http://ow.ly/1VN650HFBKn
Do you know a young person who dreams of attending law school to pursue a civil rights career? The Marshall-Motley Scholars Program is accepting scholarship applications until 2/11. Learn more http://ow.ly/Y11g50HEFAO