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NACC is committed to promoting a justice system wherein every child has his or her voice heard with the assistance of well-trained well-resourced independent lawyers resulting in the child's rights being protected and needs being met. NACC trainings, accreditation and assessments are one way to promote high quality legal advocacy for children and their families. All programs are designed to meet the specific needs of your state or agency. Below are samples of NACC programs with links to agendas and materials.


Red Book Training: This one-day course follows the NACC publication Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Custody Proceedings. It explores the intersection of federal law and state practice. The training has been delivered across the country and is consistently praised for providing valuable information on pertinent topics.

Example Program:

Illinois Red Book Training Series - In 2011, the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts hosted 10 Red Book Trainings across the state.

- Illinois Red Book Agenda

Curriculum Development: NACC works with state courts and agencies to design cross-training on child welfare legal issues. Curriculums include information sharing, child welfare law, and state specific law and practice.

Example Programs: 

Colorado Court Improvement Program Training Wheel Curricula – In 2010, the NACC contracted with the Colorado Court Improvement Program to draft training curricula on Laws in the Child Welfare System and on Information in the Child Welfare System

- Information in the Child Welfare System – Overview and Agenda

- Laws in the Child Welfare System – Overview and Agenda

Texas Training Series and Practice Manual – In 2009 the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission on Children, Youth and Families contracted with the NACC to provide 14 state specific trainings, 3 Red Book Trainings, and prepare a Texas Practice Manual.

- Texas Training Series Agenda

- The Abuse and Neglect Case: A Practitioner's Guide

Accreditation: Child Welfare Law is an increasingly complex and sophisticated area of practice requiring special training and expertise. Child Welfare Law Specialization recognizes attorneys who have achieved an increased level of proficiency and it promotes child welfare law as a specialized practice of law.

Accreditation Flyer

Assessments: The NACC is committed to improving courts and agencies serving children. We have conducted state-wide assessments of and reports on the delivery of legal services to children and parents.

Evaluation of the Guardian ad Litem system in Nebraska

Annual Child Welfare, Juvenile and Family Law Conference: The nation's premier annual conference for stakeholders in the child welfare system is attended by over 600 advocates a year. Contact NACC about scholarships, group rates, or bringing the conference to your state.

Sample, 2011 Conference Brochure

Link to 2012 Conference Information


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