Founded in 1977, the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) is a non-profit child advocacy and professional membership association headquartered in the Kempe Children's Center on the campus of Children's Hospital Colorado in Denver, Colorado. We are a multidisciplinary organization with approximately 2,000 members representing all 51 jurisdictions and several foreign countries. NACC membership is comprised primarily of attorneys and judges, although the fields of medicine, social work, mental health, education, and law enforcement are also represented. In addition to our headquarters in Denver, several state and local affiliates support and promote the NACC mission. We also maintain a policy representative in Washington, DC.
Our goal is to improve the lives of children and families through high-quality legal representation and other forms of advocacy. We offer the only child welfare law certification process accredited by the American Bar Association. We also provide training and technical assistance to child law attorneys and other child welfare professionals, engage in public policy and legislative advocacy aimed at improving the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and hold the National Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Family Law Conference each fall.
The NACC is not only a valuable resource to practitioners, its work has advanced the development of a new field of practice involving children
- Howard Davidson, NACC Member & Director of the ABA Center on Children and the Law
As a multidisciplinary membership organization, the NACC works to strengthen legal advocacy for children and families. For more info, check out our mission statement.
Developed by our Board of Directors in collaboration with the NACC staff, this five-year plan outlines our strategic goals and objectives for the period running from September 2011 to through December 2016. Strategies include promoting children’s law as a legal specialty, providing training and technical assistance for child law professionals, encouraging policy advocacy, and growing our multidisciplinary membership.
The NACC believes that all children should be valued as human beings, and that they have a right to physical and emotional safety and well being. We protect the rights of children by making sure their views are represented in legal proceedings affecting their lives. To learn more about our policies on attorneys for children, child welfare, juvenile justice, child custody, and criminal justice, check out our policy agenda.