The NACC is not only a valuable resource to practitioners, its work has advanced the development of a new field of legal practice involving children.
- Howard Davidson, NACC Member & Director of the ABA Center on Children and the Law.
What is the National Association of Counsel for Children?
The National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) is a non-profit child advocacy and professional membership association. The NACC is dedicated to providing high quality legal representation for children. Our mission is to improve the lives of children and families through legal advocacy.
Founded in 1977, NACC is located in the Kempe Children's Center on the campus of Children's Hospital Colorado in Denver, Colorado. NACC is a multidisciplinary organization with approximately 2,500 members representing all 50 states 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. The NACC also maintains a policy representative in Washington, DC.
NACC provides training and technical assistance to attorneys and other professionals, serves as a public and professional information referral center, and engages in public policy and legislative advocacy and works to improve the child welfare, juvenile justice and private custody systems.
Child Welfare Attorney Specialization is a program whereby the NACC certifies qualified attorneys as Child Welfare Law Specialists (CWLS). In the same way that the American Academy of Pediatrics works to serve the medical needs of children and youth, the NACC works to serve the legal needs of children and youth by creating this area of specialization. Attorneys recieve the CWLS credential by showing their proficiency in child welfare law through a comprehensive child welfare law competency process.
NACC programs include publications such as the quarterly newsletter The Guardian; The Children's Legal Rights Journal and annual children's law manuals. The NACC sponsors an annual national children's law conference each fall as well as a trial skills training each spring. We participate as amicus curiae in cases of national significance to children and maintain a policy agenda, a national child advocate awards program, and a speakers bureau. NACC state and local affiliates also exist to promote the mission of the NACC on a local level. The NACC national office in Denver serves the needs of members as a children's law resource center. The NACC is currently building its attorney certification program.
If you work with children as an attorney, judge, administrator, care provider, physician, therapist, social worker, teacher, law enforcement office, or are simply a concerned citizen and want to improve your effectiveness while improving the system, the NACC is your organization.
Membership in the NACC is $100 annually. As a member, you will have access to NACC services and member only areas of our website and your dues will support a cause you believe in. To join, click NACC Membership on the menu to begin the registration process. For more information, contact the NACC office by calling toll free 888-828-NACC or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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