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Advocates For Children is a Colorado based Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) organization whose mission is to speak up for abused and neglected children. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are community members who give their time and compassion to bring hope to children in their communities who need it most. CASAs spend time with children whose futures are in jeopardy due to abuse or neglect, subsequent court involvement, and frequently, out-of-home placement. This organization provides information that allows judges to make quality decisions regarding safe, permanent homes for these vulnerable children.
 
The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys is a national association of attorneys who practice, or have otherwise distinguished themselves, in the field of adoption law. The Academy’s work includes promoting the reform of adoption laws and disseminating information on ethical adoption practices. The Academy publishes a newsletter, holds annual meetings, and educational seminars.
 
This site is designed to serve both AACAP Members, and Parents and Families. Information is provided as a public service to aid in the understanding and treatment of the developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders which affect an estimated 7 to 12 million children and adolescents at any given time in the United States. You will find information on child and adolescent psychiatry, fact sheets for parents and caregivers, AACAP membership, current research, practice guidelines, managed care information, awards and fellowship descriptions, meeting information, and much more.
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP has approximately 55,000 members in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Members include pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists. More than 34,000 members are board-certified and called Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP). The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. To this purpose, the AAP and its members dedicate their efforts and resources.
 
The American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. The ABA strives to provide attorneys with the knowledge and tools they need. From ABA-sponsored workshops, meetings, seminars and CLE sessions to the widest variety of respected and up-to-date publications, the ABA is dedicated to helping attorneys advance their careers and the legal profession.
 
The ABA Center on Children and the Law was created in 1978 by the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division. From modest origins as a small legal resource center focusing exclusively on child abuse and neglect issues, the Center has grown into a full-service technical assistance, training, and research program addressing a broad spectrum of law and court-related topics affecting children. These include child abuse and neglect, adoption, adolescent health, foster and kinship care, custody and support, guardianship, missing and exploited children, and children's exposure to domestic violence. The Center's mission is "to improve children's lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice, and public policy." It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
 
The Family Law Section was organized in 1958 to improve the administration of justice in the field of family law. Today, family law is a fast-growing, complex area with an interstate and at times international character. Well known but rapidly changing areas such as divorce, custody, adoption, alimony and support are within the scope of the Section, as are emerging issues such as third-party parental rights, marital torts, federal and interstate legislation, mediation, and the complicated questions of paternity, perinatal drug addiction, bankruptcy to deprive divorcing spouses of property, and genetic engineering. Questions involved in family law have assumed wide social significance, attracting the attention of Congress. Many organizations seek to broaden even further the interest of Congress in matters involving child-snatching, support laws and procedures, tax considerations, and other areas of family law. Family law cases utilize more actual courtroom time than any other area of civil law, and the Section works constantly to keep its members fully informed about the continuing changes in family law.
 
The Children's Law Committee (formerly the Task Force on Children) was created by the Section of Litigation to address the vast under representation of children in all aspects of the legal system. The Committee endeavors to increase the number of children's legal projects and pro bono attorneys to represent children, along with providing training materials and programs in order to assist advocates in providing the highest quality of representation for children. The Committee has the unique ability to help local groups who are interested in starting or improving children's legal programs. We have a working group of nationally known children's law practitioners who can assist groups interested in starting children's law projects by providing organizational materials that serve as a blueprint for establishing the program and by providing the expertise of members to assist the groups in designing their plans to meet the specific needs of children in their communities. Additionally, the Committee provides assistance in the recruitment and training of volunteers, including: Helping projects share training materials; Providing experts for training when possible; Assisting projects' outreach to potential volunteers through customized direct mailings (sorting the ABA membership list by zip code and practice area) and by publicizing trainings in ABA publications; Recruiting volunteer attorneys at ABA conferences.
 
The mission of the American Humane, as a network of individuals and organizations, is to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children and animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively, and humanely guaranteed by an aware and caring society. Founded in 1877, the American Humane is the nation’s only national organization dedicated to child and animal protection. From its headquarters outside Denver, Colorado, and from regional offices in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, AHA provides national leadership in the development of programs, policies, and services on behalf of children and animals who are abused and neglected.
 
Founded more than 150 years ago, AMA's strategic agenda remains rooted in our historic commitment to standards, ethics, excellence in medical education and practice, and advocacy on behalf of the medical profession and the patients it serves. AMA's work includes the development and promotion of standards in medical practice, research, and education; strong advocacy agenda on behalf of patients and physicians; and the commitment to providing timely information on matters important to the health of America. The AMA strives to serve as the voice of the American medical profession. Being that voice is our mission. AMA policy is developed through a democratic process that brings together informed viewpoints on issues important to physicians and the patients they serve. The seat of AMA policymaking is the AMA House of Delegates, where state, local and specialty society representatives set policy through a consensus-building process. The end result is the creation of policies that direct AMA's immediate work activities, as well as provide progress toward reaching our long-term vision.
 
APSAC's mission is to ensure that everyone affected by child maltreatment receives the best possible professional response. Several years ago, a number of colleagues--social workers, psychologists, attorneys, physicians, nurses, researchers, law enforcement officers, and protective services administrators--started talking when they met at conferences of their desire for a professional society designed to meet their needs as professionals in the field of child maltreatment. This new society would give professionals from all of the different disciplines who respond to child maltreatment a common forum for addressing the difficult problems they face in their work. It would encourage research in this young field to build a knowledge base on which professionals can confidently practice, and would disseminate that research in a usable form to all professionals working in the field. This association would serve as a vehicle for approaching difficult policy and practice questions that require an interdisciplinary response, and as a "home base" for all professionals whose main concern was how best to help those affected by child maltreatment. In 1987, these leaders founded the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). In the intervening years, thousands of professionals from all 50 states and around the world have joined, and APSAC has made steady progress towards realizing its founders' goals.
 
APHA has been influencing policies and setting priorities in public health for over 125 years. Throughout its history it has been in the forefront of numerous efforts to prevent disease and promote health. The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world, representing more than 50,000 members from over 50 occupations of public health. The Association and its members have been influencing policies and setting priorities in public health since 1872.
 
Kids Count uses a simple interface to help you quickly and easily create, view and print reports of indicators of child well-being from the 2000 U.S. Census. Also visit the Foundation's Rebuilding Communities Initiative (RCI) site by clicking here.
 
The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers is based in the United Kingdom and is a company limited by guarantee set up for the benefit of lawyers, experts and other professionals involved in the field of obtaining compensation for the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children and adults abused in childhood, as well as the mentally handicapped and others directly or indirectly affected by that abuse. The Association began in late 1997 as a result of concerns within the legal profession that people who have been abused were either unable to find lawyers to take on their cases or were experiencing poor standards of advice and assistance from those lawyers whom they had instructed. There are also concerns about the ability of lawyers and other experts to deal effectively with these traumatic cases. ACAL is committed to the improvement of standards amongst personal injury lawyers involved in these types of compensation claim.
 
AtHealth.com is a leading provider of mental health information and services for mental health practitioners and those they serve. Our online community consists of psychiatrists, pediatricians, family practitioners, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, counselors, researchers, educators, school psychologists, caregivers, and others who meet the diverse needs of those with mental health concerns.
 
The Barton Clinic was established in March 2000 to address the need in Georgia for an organization dedicated to effecting systemic policy and process changes for the benefit of the children in Georgia's child welfare system. The clinic helps Georgia serve neglected and abused children by providing multi-disciplinary, child-focused research, training, and support for practitioners and policymakers charged with protecting Georgia's children. Located at Emory Law School, the clinic collaborates with Emory's School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Medicine and the Center for Violence Studies, as well as other Georgia colleges and universities. The mission of the clinic is to promote and protect the well-being of neglected and abused children in the state of Georgia and to inspire excellence among the adults responsible for protecting and nurturing these children.
 
Best Interests, the E-Magazine for Children's Advocates, is dedicated to providing news and resources to professional and volunteer children's advocates, including Court Appointed Special Advocates, attorneys, social workers, judges, police officers, foster care parents, child therapists, and the many others who speak up for abused and neglected children. The goals of Best Interests are, to provide links to news articles around the web that are of special interest to children's advocates; to provide original articles that inform and inspire children's advocates and survivors of child abuse; to present information on the many web resources available to children's advocates; to keep children's advocates informed of relevant national legislation.
 
Dependency Online Guide can be found at www.courtinfo.ca.gov/dependencyonlineguide
 
Serves as an online connection for child welfare professionals, staff of public and private organizations, academic institutions, and others who are committed to serving children and families.
 
Provides up-to-date information on evidence-based child welfare practices.
 
Facilitates the utilization of evidence-based practices as a method of achieving improved outcomes of safety, permanency and well-being for children and families involved in the California public child welfare system.
 
Casey Family Programs provides an array of services for children and youth, with foster care as its core. Casey services include adoption, guardianship, kinship care (being cared for by extended family), and family reunification (reuniting children with birth families). Casey is also committed to helping youth in foster care make a successful transition to adulthood. As a direct service operating foundation, Casey Family Programs does not make grants.
 
The Center for Children's Advocacy protects the legal rights of children who are dependent on state systems for their care. We represent children who need our help with abuse and neglect cases; health and mental health care; education and special education; judicial and juvenile justice; child welfare. CCA attorneys work on individual and systemic cases, linking state systems to secure the best result for every child we represent. Through outreach and collaborative programs, the Center provides the help these children need to have a chance to lead healthy, productive lives.
 
The Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research (CMHPSR) was established in 1986 and is one of 13 centers in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pennsylvania's (Penn) Medical Center, an outstanding international research institution. The psychiatry faculty at Penn is among the most creative and productive in this university and ranks second among departments of psychiatry in America in competition for National Institutes of Health research funding. The CMHPSR (previously the Section on Public Psychiatry) consists of a group of multidisciplinary faculty and staff interested in the public behavioral health care system. The goal of the Center is: "To improve the quality and performance of behavioral health for public sector clients through research, evaluation, and education." The CMHPSR researches the organization, financing, and management structure of mental health care systems and the delivery of mental health services and provides consultation and technical support to those individuals and programs involved in implementing system change. The Center has attempted to use the results of its research and evaluation efforts to inform the decision making of public policy makers at local, state, and national levels.
 
Center for Social Work Management, The
The Center for Social Work Management provides consulting services to public and private social welfare agencies, charter schools, and court systems regarding legal aspects of social work. Our areas of expertise include: assessing risk and liability exposure; assuring compliance with state and federal legal and regulatory requirements; developing record management and confidentiality policies; technology assessment, system design and purchase, and implementation; integrating legal and social work practices; diversity training and cultural competency; creating and utilizing neighborhood collaboratives; writing policy and procedure manuals; securing accreditation; providing training on legal aspects of human services; implementing best practices such as Family Group Conferencing, mediation and community case reviews; drafting and mobilizing community support for legislation such as foster guardianship, and child welfare, foster care and adoption reform; managing the mass media; enhancing the judicial system through model courts, practice standards and court rules; and training social workers in courtroom proficiency through lecture and simulation
 
Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice, The
The Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice is dedicated to providing expert guidance to juvenile justice settings regarding best practices for mental health assessment and referral. The Center and its collaborators work to promote efficient means for comprehensive and reliable mental health assessment. In addition, we assist juvenile justice programs in determining how to implement these procedures and how to map appropriate mental health services onto them. We develop products to move information and knowledge between the fields of juvenile justice and mental health and we provide recommendations for practice.
 
The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce society's reliance on the use of incarceration as a solution to social problems. This is done through the provision of programs to persons facing imprisonment, education efforts about imprisonment and its effect on people, and technical assistance to entities wishing to establish and/or evaluate programs working with those facing imprisonment. Established in 1985 as the Western Regional Office of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA), CJCJ maintains a professional staff with diverse backgrounds and expertise in the various components of criminal justice with its senior staff members possessing over fifteen years experience in the justice field. Based in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, California; CJCJ's direct services are currently concentrated in these areas, but its advocacy and public education efforts are nationwide. CJCJ staff have prepared over 2000 alternative pre-trial, sentencing and parole proposals; provided technical assistance to state and local correctional agencies throughout the country and developed a variety of other programs demonstrating the workability of alternatives to incarceration for both adults and juveniles. The Center has now grown to include offices in San Francisco, California, The District of Columbia, Baltimore, Maryland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 
Directory of child health related websites.
 
Our nation's future depends on the opportunities we provide our children. Most children in the United States are provided broad opportunities. The opportunities provided to children are largely a function of their families. Thus, children of prosperous families have great opportunities, while children of disadvantaged families are provided limited opportunities. The focus of child welfare has historically been on insuring that all children have opportunity--that all children have a fair start. Our concern is to continue that tradition. The focus of our work is to examine the opportunities available to children and to further and enrich public discussion of this issue. The site includes Child Welfare Review is an electronic journal that brings together current papers on important topics in child welfare. Many of the articles are located at web sites around the world. The links to the articles allow quick access to these papers. We also publish original articles, reports, policy studies, thought pieces and book reviews. Every effort is made to include opinions and views from a variety of contrasting perspectives. The goal is to collect the most important papers on child welfare subjects located on the web into one place.
 
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects professionals and concerned citizens to timely, essential information and resources targeted to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families.
 
CWLA is an association of more than 1,100 public and not-for-profit agencies devoted to improving life for more than 3.5 million at-risk children and youths and their families. Member agencies are involved with prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, and they provide various services in addition to child protection -- kinship care, family foster care, adoption, positive youth development programs, residential group care, child care, family-centered practice, and programs for pregnant and parenting teenagers. Other concerns of member agencies include managed care, mental health, chemical dependency, housing and homelessness, and HIV/AIDS. For all these areas, CWLA has program experts who consult, train and otherwise assist agencies to advance their practice.
 
Childhelp USA is one of the largest and oldest national non-profit organizations dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused and neglected children. We do so by focusing our efforts and resources in the areas of treatment, prevention and research. Childhelp USA was founded in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson under the name "International Orphans, Inc." (IOI). For fifteen years they advocated improved treatment of American/Asian children in Japan and Vietnam. IOI built and maintained four orphanages in Japan, as well as five orphanages, a children's hospital, and a school in Vietnam, caring for thousands of children. In the mid-1970s Sara and Yvonne redirected their efforts toward abused and neglected children in the USA, and changed the organization’s name to Childhelp USA. Today Sara and Yvonne continue as Chairman/CEO and President. Childhelp USA has the following programs: Residential Treatment Facilities (Villages); Children’s Advocacy Centers; Children’s Center; Foster Care and Group Homes; Child Abuse Prevention, Education and Training Programs; Counseling Services; Toll-Free 24 hours a day hotline for crisis intervention, information, referrals, anonymous confidential assistance by professional counselors in 140 languages (via interpreters) 1-800-4-A-CHILD.
 
Loyola University Chicago is a nationally recognized leader in legal education and advocacy for children. Its Child Law Center and Clinic offer degree programs for legal and non-legal professionals who seek a specialized understanding of the law in order to better serve the unique needs of children and families. This page is designed to introduce you to the Center and its different programs.
 
In 1989, Robert C. Fellmeth founded the Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI) as part of the Center for Public Interest Law at the University of San Diego School of Law. Staffed by experienced attorneys and advocates, and assisted by USD law student interns, CAI works to improve the status and well-being of children in our society by representing their interests and right to a safe, healthy childhood. CAI represents children in the state legislature, in the courts, before administrative agencies, and through public education programs. CAI works on the following issues: litigation to preserve $355 million in state education funding for high-priority preschool child care and development programs; legislation to overhaul the regulation of child care facilities and to create "Kids' Plates," a personalized vehicle license plates program whose proceeds are earmarked for child abuse prevention, child injury prevention programs, and child care regulation; legislation to require children under the age of 18 to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle; litigation to compel a state agency to adopt public playground safety regulations to prevent child injury; legislation which characterizes child support orders as tax liens, thereby enabling the state Franchise Tax Board to collect them and enhance statewide child support collection efforts; research and evaluation of a pilot project substituting a single, interdisciplinary interview of a child abuse victim for repeated interrogations by multiple interviewers; and annual publication of the California Children's Budget, a 300-page report analyzing federal and state spending trends on child-related programs.
 
The Children's Bureau Express is designed for professionals concerned with child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption. The Children's Bureau Express is supported by the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and published by the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse.
 
The mission of the Children's Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind® and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown. CDF began in 1973 and is a private, nonprofit organization supported by foundations, corporation grants and individual donations.
 
The Children’s Law Center is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to children, their families, and foster and kinship caregivers in the District of Columbia. Our web site is an important component of our technical assistance to child advocates in the District of Columbia.
 
Children's Rights was created to give children across the nation a voice, to serve as their watchdog, and to ensure that government systems deliver the services they promise and the chance for a decent childhood that all children deserve. When systems repeatedly fail to respond to pressure from local advocates, we investigate and file class action lawsuits to force change. Children's Rights has generated reform in more failing child welfare systems through court oversight than any other organization. Our attorneys and policy analysts - and the local and regional child welfare experts we bring into the process - identify the problems and forge solutions that increase training, funding, and accountability, improve services and ensure better overall care for children in the custody of government agencies across the nation.
 
The ChildTrauma Academy is a unique organization dedicated to helping understand and serve high-risk children. Founded in 1990 by Dr. Perry as the Center for the Study of Childhood Trauma, the original partner in this unique "institute without walls" was St. Joseph Carondolet Children’s Center, a not-for-profit agency in Chicago, Illinois serving abused and neglected children. In 1992, the Center became the ChildTrauma Programs and moved to Houston when Dr. Perry became Chief of Psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital at Baylor College of Medicine. The ChildTrauma Programs functioned as a component of the Psychiatry Service at Texas Children’s Hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In 1994 CIVITAS Initiative, a Chicago-based communications foundation, became a primary funding partner and from 1995 to 1998 the ChildTrauma Programs became the CIVITAS ChildTrauma Programs, a partnership between the three primary institutions supporting its work, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and CIVITAS Initiative. In 1998, in recognition of a shift in our focus to interdisciplinary educational activities (e.g., judges, caseworkers, psychologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, foster parents, educators, early childhood specialists) we became the ChildTrauma Academy. With a number of innovative public and private partnerships and programs, our work – while still focused on maltreated children - became increasingly focused on non-medical models of care and cross–agency collaborations. Our work was beginning to impact policy on a state and national basis and our research projects became increasingly focused on clinical and systemic outcomes. By 2000 our primary partners came from the public-private partnerships we had created to implement our innovative programs, specifically the State of Texas via the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (TDPRS) and a visionary corporation, Digital Consulting and Software Services (DCSS).
 
Answers to questions about dependency and neglect.
 
Connect for Kids
Connect for Kids, an award-winning multimedia project of the Benton foundation, helps adults make their communities better places for families and children. The Web site offers a place on the Internet for adults—parents, grandparents, educators, policymakers and others—who want to become more active citizens, from volunteering to voting with kids in mind.
 
The mission of the Crimes against Children Research Center (CCRC) is to combat crimes against children by providing high quality research and statistics to the public, policy makers, law enforcement personnel, and other child welfare practitioners. CCRC is concerned with research about the nature of crimes including child abduction, homicide, rape, assault, and physical and sexual abuse as well as their impact.
 
The Vision of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is that every child will have a permanent home and a loving family. Its mission is to Dramatically increase adoptions of waiting children in North America. The Foundation funds National and Regional organizations that promote its mission in North America. Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers Restaurants, was adopted as a child and established the Foundation as a way of giving back in 1992. The Foundation works with thousands of Wendy's restaurants on a local level to create adoption partnerships and programs. In 2000,the Foundation funded more than $900,000 in programs. Dave joined the Postmaster General at the Adoption Stamp first day of issue ceremony in Los Angeles on May 10, 2000. Dave Thomas and the U.S. Postmaster General William J. Henderson, along with television personality and adoptive mom, Rosie O’Donnell unveiled the Adoption Stamp in New York on October 13, 1999. "A Home for the Holidays" a one-hour television special on the CBS television network debuted in December 1999. The show, spearheaded by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Wendy's and the Children's Action Network generated thousands of calls. The CBS Television Network aired the second "A Home for the Holidays" on December 21, 2000 which generated 3,200 calls. In December 1999, the Foundation launched the National Adoption Campaign in partnership with The Children's Action Network. The Foundation is a national non-profit 501(C)(3) public foundation. The major fundraiser for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is the Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge which takes place annually at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada.
 
This site provides a variety of information on all of the federal courts, including decisions and updates.
 
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a bipartisan, nonprofit, anti-crime organization led by more than 1,000 of America’s best known police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys, and victims of violence. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids’ mission is to help the public and public officials understand that among our most powerful weapons against crime are the programs proven to keep kids from becoming criminals in the first place. These include early childhood programs, quality Head Start and child care, prevention of child abuse and neglect, good schools and after-school programs, as well as programs that nip delinquency in the bud by getting troubled kids back on track.
 
FindLaw, the leading Web portal focused on law and government, provides access to a comprehensive and fast-growing online library of legal resources for use by legal professionals, consumers and small businesses. FindLaw's mission is to make legal information on the Internet easy to find. Visitors to the FindLaw site will find a broad array of features that include Web search utilities, cases and codes, legal news, and community-oriented tools, such as a secure document management utility, mailing lists, message boards and free e-mail.
 
First Star is a 501c3 public policy initiative to evaluate and enhance basic civil rights for children who are victims of abuse, maltreatment and neglect. Based in Washington, D.C., First Star's approach is one of leadership tempered by collaboration to build cooperation, trust and common ground with child-focused entities to break through viewpoints with the moral imperative of raising standards affecting children. The founders of First Star believe that, despite the best efforts of many, a highest and best place for children in America's society is still very far from being realized. First Star's mission is to create new initiatives to strengthen existing laws and policies that improve the safety, health and family life of America's children.
 
FosterClub is a non-threatening, impartial third party to foster kids. We can provide them with information and services which might be better received than if the same information came from a caseworker. Our intention is to work in unison with caseworkers and foster parents. By become informed through targeted, age-specific information, foster kids will gain a feeling of control and empowerment in their lives.
 
FosterClub was started by a foster parent who saw that her two teenage boys, ages 11 and 13, deserved some "good stuff" for being foster kids. Foster kids are good kids who have had bad things happen to them, and she thought that she could help give them a break, and maybe help to make things a little easier. Today there are nearly 600,000 kids in foster care in the U.S. Even though being a foster kid can be lonely sometimes, it is important that foster kids realize that there are lots of other kids in their same situation. And even more importantly, there a lot of people who really do care about what foster kids go through. FosterClub's mission is to provide foster children wih a network that allows them to communicate with other other and provide them with education, motivation, and benefits that the foster care system does not usually provide.
 
The Freddie Mac Foundation, launched in 1990 by the Freddie Mac Corporation, opens doors to hope and opportunity for children, youth and their families. We help them reach their dreams today so that they become full participants in strong, vibrant communities tomorrow. We fulfill this mission by providing funds to nonprofit organizations working to improve outcomes for children and their families. In addition, the Foundation is a strong advocate for children, youth and families, supporting policies and programs that focus attention on their needs and foster positive solutions. The Foundation is firmly committed to serving the metropolitan Washington, DC region where our corporate headquarters is located, as well as the cities of our corporate regional offices. We also support organizations at the national level which are providing services that are national in scope. In addition to funding, the Foundation encourages and supports the numerous volunteer efforts of Freddie Mac employees.
 
This site carries information concerning The Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (The Convention), its United States implementing legislation, 42 U.S.C. 11601 to 11610, also known as the International Child Abduction Remidies Act (ICARA) and, to a lesser extent, information about the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) and its Federal Counterpart 28 U.S.C. 1738A. There are over 380 files on this site, of which 226 are decisions of various courts world wide, that cover this material. Files are regularly added, usually one or two a week. A brief description, with key words, of all of these files is given in the File Description sub-file. These files are made available to anyone who wishes to use them, at no charge.
 
I Am Your Child is a national public awareness and engagement campaign to make early childhood development a top priority for our nation. Since its spring launch in 1997, I Am Your Child has educated millions of parents and professionals about breakthrough new discoveries in the process of brain development. These findings reveal that the first three years of a child's life are more important for emotional and intellectual growth than previously thought. Through mass media, community mobilization, public education and policy outreach, parents and caregivers across the U.S. and around the world are learning how to make a difference in the lives of young children. I Am Your Child founders include Rob Reiner and Michele Singer Reiner, and Ellen Gilbert of International Creative Management, as well as a broad range of experts from the early childhood fields.
 
The International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, founded in 1977, is the only multidisciplinary international organization that brings together a worldwide cross-section of committed professionals to work towards the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect and exploitation globally. ISPCAN's mission is to prevent cruelty to children in every nation, in every form: physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, street children, child fatalities, child prostitution, children of war, emotional abuse and child labor. ISPCAN is committed to increasing public awareness of all forms of violence against children, developing activities to prevent such violence, and promoting the rights of children in all regions of the world. ISPCAN invites you to join forces with its members around the world to protect children in need: their bodies, minds, hearts and rights. Learn about ISPCAN's goals, publications, congresses, professional training events and world-wide activities.
 
This site offers information and resources related to family, juvenile, child support, custody, visitation, and domestic violence law and procedure.
 
Groundbreaking research, case law summaries, and an array of new educational resources are now just a click away for family and juvenile law practitioners, judges, and others who keep a close eye on the courts. The AOC's Center for Families, Children & the Courts has launched a new site for court professionals and court users.
 
Founded in 1975 as a non-profit legal service, Juvenile Law Center (JLC) is one of the oldest children's rights organizations in the United States. We work on behalf of children who have come within the purview of public agencies– for example, abused or neglected children placed in foster homes, delinquent youth sent to residential treatment facilities or adult prisons, or children in placement with specialized services needs. Although JLC primarily serves the children of Pennsylvania, we are also asked to lend our expertise to national child advocacy efforts.
 
Juvenile Rights Project is an Oregon non-profit corporation founded for the purpose of providing high quality legal services for children and families, without the means to retain counsel, through individual representation in juvenile proceedings, and through class-wide advocacy in the courts and legislature.
 
The Kempe Children's Center was established in 1972 to provide a clinically based resource for training, consultation, program development and evaluation, and research in all forms of child abuse and neglect. The Center is committed to multidisciplinary approaches to improving the recognition, treatment, and prevention of all forms of abuse and neglect. Our staff has developed many programs over the years, some of which have continued throughout the history of the Center; while others have ended when either the need for their existence or resources to support them have ceased. Many of these programs, such as the Crisis Nursery and Home Visitor Programs, have been successfully replicated throughout the United States. We hope the information provided here assists you in understanding what we are currently doing and how to access our services.
 
Since 1984, the attorneys and social workers at Lawyers For Children have been transforming the hopes of children in foster care into reality. We listen carefully to our clients, help them understand their options and vigorously advocate to protect their right to a safe, secure and supportive place to call home. For some of our clients this means returning to live safely with their families, for others it means speeding their adoption and for some of our clients who are over eighteen, it means setting out on their own with the information and support necessary to establish homes of their own. Lawyers For Children (LFC) was founded in 1984 and remains one of the leading professional, not-for-profit organizations in New York City dedicated to representing children in foster care. In addition, we provide free legal and social work services to children who are the subject of abuse, neglect, termination of parental rights, adoption, guardianship, paternity, custody and visitation proceedings.
 
 
It is the mission of the Legal Information Institute to carry out applied research on the use of digital information technology in the distribution of legal information, the delivery of legal education, and the practice of law. Our research is applied in the sense that it is carried out by means of creating key collections of primary legal materials and commentary and information retrieval and resource location tools for use by a large and diverse population of users. Our mission is research rather than mere information delivery in the sense that we continue to seek improved ways to use a rapidly shifting set of technology tools in a constantly changing information environment. We attempt to lead through example, consulting and contract work, and workshops. To make law more accessible not only to U.S. legal professionals but to students, teachers, and the general public in the U.S. and abroad. To carry out these activities in partnership with but not under the control or direction of such other key actors as law firms, bar associations, public law making and applying bodies, commercial publishers, and other academic institutions
 
This handy guide to Congress lists bios, staff and contact info for all members of Congress.
 
The National Adoption Center (NAC) welcomes you to Faces of Adoption. This exciting service brings children online through photographs and descriptions and offers a wealth of information that will help you learn more about adoption. There are 120,000 children in the United States who wait for permanent families. They are school-aged or older or may have brothers and sisters that need homes together. Some special needs children have a physical, emotional or mental disability. More than 60 percent come from minority cultures. The National Adoption Center believes that "there are no unwanted children, just unfound families."® Since 1972, the Center has found families for nearly 16,000 children.
 
Our mission is to build and maintain a system of services, laws, practices, and attitudes that prevent child abuse and neglect. We achieve this mission by assisting Children's Trust and Prevention Funds at a state and national level. Our efforts support families by enabling them to provide their children with a safe, healthy, and nurturing childhood. Our purpose is to initiate and engage cooperatively in national efforts which assist state children's trust and prevention funds to strengthen families and protect children from harm. Our goals include, Increase public awareness, Increase public-private partnerships, Increase the resources available for the prevention of child abuse and neglect , Create effective ways for trust and prevention funds to receive and distribute information and expertise, Promote the interests of children's trust and prevention funds by participating in national policy efforts.
 
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 150,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.
 
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 153,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.
 
A new level of energy and commitment has emerged to reverse the national tragedy of child abuse and neglect. Under the banner of "A National Call To Action,” representatives from several national organizations are collaborating to dramatically reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect in the U.S. Collectively, these groups are working with experts in the field and others to formulate a national action plan that will focus on the mammoth discrepancy between our country’s commitment to child abuse and other public health ills.
 
Concerned over making decisions about abused and neglected children's lives without sufficient information, a Seattle judge conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court. So successful was this Seattle program that soon judges across the country began utilizing citizen advocates. In 1990, the U.S. Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA with passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Today more than 900 CASA programs are in operation, with 52,000 women and men serving as CASA volunteers. CASA is an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocate. In addition to providing leadership for CASA programs across the country (also known as Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem Programs), the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association stages an annual conference, publishes a quarterly newsletter, and promotes CASA through public relations efforts. National CASA offers consultation and resources that help start CASA programs and provides vital assistance to established programs.
 
The Thomas Center seeks to ease and facilitate the adoption process through education, advocacy and research. Our research efforts seek to demonstrate the need for and the method by which the foster care and adoption processes can be improved. Center advocacy projects are aimed at bringing about those improvements through changes in the law and the way the law is implemented. Finally, our education programs are designed to assist judges, lawyers, social workers and other process stakeholders to know and understand the law so that adoption and adoption related proceedings can be fairly and efficiently utilized to provide children safe and healthy permanent homes as quickly as possible.
 
The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy is once again operating it's Adoption Jobsite - a matching service for law students interested in summer paid or volunteer positions in the field of child welfare and adoption.
 
For the fifth consecutive year, the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy will match law students from all over the U.S. who are interested in summer assignments concerning permanence for children with private, public and non-profit entities who can use their help. Since its inception, the Adoption JobSite has placed dozens of law students from many different law schools across the nation. These students have worked in courts, county children services leg department, private adoption attorneys' office and non-profit advocacy organizations.
 
Go to: www.AdoptionJobSite.org
*to post a summer paid or volunteer position
*to learn how you can help students convert your posted volunteer positions into a paid position through public interest law programs
*to get more information about the adoption jobsite
 
The National Center for Children in Poverty identifies and promotes strategies that prevent child poverty in the United States and that improve the lives of low-income children and their families. NCCP’s research on the necessity and impact of public investment is part of the national debate about how we will address our nation’s economic disparity. As a society, we all fare better if we provide families with the resources they need to make better lives for themselves. Founded in 1989, NCCP is part of the Mailman School at Columbia University. Low-income children and families are diverse, as are the communities and states in which they live. There is no single solution to child poverty. Both the public and private sectors have important roles to play in reducing child poverty and investing in families. This includes the state and federal governments, local communities, civic and business leaders, and individual families themselves.
 
In 1984, John Walsh co-founded the private, nonprofit National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). NCMEC serves as a focal point in providing assistance to parents, children, law enforcement, schools, and the community in recovering missing children and raising public awareness about ways to help prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation. NCMEC has worked on more than 73,000 cases of missing and exploited children, helped recover more than 48,000 children, and raised its recovery rate from 60 percent in the 1980s to 91 percent today, thereby gaining national and international recognition as "the" resource for missing and exploited children.
 
The National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse recognizes child abuse as a crime for which perpetrators must be held accountable. Because no area of criminal justice had changed so rapidly in the past 15 years, the need for professional specialization is especially great. Committed to excellence in training, technical assistance and publications, The National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse is meeting that need. In cooperation with prosecutors and other child abuse professionals in the United States and internationally, the Center demonstrates concern for a particularly vulnerable group of crime victims based on the premise that children are entitled to equal treatment under the law.
 
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of justice. It was founded in 1971 at the urging of Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. NCSC accomplishes its mission by providing leadership and service to the state courts.
 
The National Center for Youth Law uses the law to protect children from the harms caused by poverty, and to improve the lives of children living in poverty. We work to: Protect abused and neglected children through work with advocates, foster parents, and others striving to reform state child welfare systems; Expand access to health care for children and youth through advocacy on the state and federal levels to see that children get the health insurance and health care services to which they are entitled; Secure public benefits to meet the special needs of children and youth, including TANF welfare benefits, especially for teenagers, and SSI benefits for disabled children and youth; Improve child support collection through a program of public information and advocacy to reform California's child support collection program Increase access to housing for families with children by working with fair housing organizations and advocates, group homes, housing providers, and the real estate industry to help overcome housing discrimination against families with children The law can offer hope and help for vulnerable children and youth, but children need advocates to make these laws work for them. NCYL speaks for those children and their families, insisting that they receive the benefit of laws that offer them access to safety, shelter, health care, and hope for a better future. Our advocacy takes a variety of forms, including Publishing articles, manuals, books, and our bimonthly journal, Youth Law News; Providing technical assistance and training; Assisting legal advocates who represent poor children; Conducting administrative and legislative advocacy.
 
National Child Protection Training Center
The National Child Protection Training Center provides training, technical assistance and publications to child protection professionals throughout the United States. NCPTC also assists states in implementing forensic interview training programs and in helping universities, medical schools, seminaries and law schools improve undergraduate and graduate training of future child protection professionals.
 
NCSL is your forum for advancing ideas in your home state, across other states, and on Capitol Hill; for promoting information-sharing, one-on-one and collectively; and for providing you with the knowledge and resources you need to get America's ideas working.
 
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is dedicated to serving the nation's children and families by improving the courts of juvenile and family jurisdictions. Our mission is to better the justice system through education and applied research and improve the standards, practices and effectiveness of the juvenile court system.
 
NEA is America's oldest and largest organization committed to advancing the cause of public education. Founded in 1857 in Philadelphia and now headquartered in Washington, D.C., NEA proudly claims more than 2.5 million members who work at every level of education, from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliates in every state as well as in over 13,000 local communities across the United States.
 
The National Exchange Club Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of children, families and our communities through its national project, the prevention of child abuse. The NEC Foundation's most successful method of countering abuse is by working directly with parents through the parent aide program. The NEC Foundation coordinates a nationwide network of nearly 100 Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Centers who utilize the parent aide program and provide support to families at-risk for abuse.
 
NICWA was created for the following stated principles: To protect the most valuable resource of Indian people – Indian children; To promote safe, healthy and culturally strong environments for Indian kids; To promote the spiritual strength of Indian children, and a positive cultural identity; To be a strong voice for the needs of Indian children and Indian child welfare programs nationwide; To advocate for and facilitate the proper implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act; To promote the provision of effective services to Indian children by child welfare workers; To provide technical assistance for and information sharing among Indian child welfare programs; To provide education and leadership opportunities for Indian child welfare workers.
 
NIJ is the research and development agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is the only Federal agency solely dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. NIJ provides objective, independent, non-partisan, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the State and local levels. NIJ's principal authorities are derived from the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended (42 USC § 3721-3722). In partnership with others, NIJ's mission is to prevent and reduce crime, improve law enforcement and the administration of justice, and promote public safety. By applying the disciplines of the social and physical sciences, NIJ researches the nature and impact of crime and delinquency; develops applied technologies, standards and tools for criminal justice practitioners; evaluates existing programs and responses to crime; tests innovative concepts and program models in the field; assists policymakers, program partners, and justice agencies; and disseminates knowledge to many audiences.
 
NITA believes all people are entitled to quality legal representation by skilled and ethical lawyers. NITA's mission is to provide the best possible training in legal advocacy skills and techniques for resolving legal disputes and to foster professionally responsible behavior emphasizing ethics, candor, civility, and judicial economy. To achieve its mission, NITA is committed to excellence in teaching methods, programs, faculty, and materials by: Providing state of the art training programs that emphasize development and practice of professionally responsible advocacy skills; Recruiting and evaluating program faculty to ensure that it always consists of the proper balance of the best available experienced trial lawyers, judges, and professors; Authoring and producing teaching materials and professional publications of the highest quality directed to program participants and faculty, law schools, and the legal profession generally; Evaluating and improving teaching methods, program administration, and materials; Reaching out to public interest practitioners and to those who represent or serve minorities or disadvantaged clients; Sustaining a collegial environment throughout the organization that promotes the exchange of ideas, affords respect for the individual, and enhances individual performance; Keeping abreast of developing technology for efficiently transmitting the substance of what we teach to those who seek to learn.
 
The National Juvenile Court Data Archive was established by the United States Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to provide juvenile justice professionals, policy-makers, researchers, and the public with the most detailed information available on the activities of the Nation's juvenile courts.
 
The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC) was established as a central source of information on prevention and intervention programs, publications, research, and statistics on violence committed by and against children and teens. The Resource Center is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other Federal agencies. The NYVPRC Web site www.safeyouth.org and call center 1-866-SAFEYOUTH (723-3968) serve as a user-friendly, single point of access to Federal information on youth violence prevention and suicide.
 
The Online Network of Child Welfare Training Resources is designed to enable State trainers, practitioners, social work educators and other stakeholders to locate the most current training information and materials for the child welfare workforce. The Network also offers opportunities to share information and communicate with colleagues regarding training resources and evaluation, as well as practice issues related to workforce development and retention.
 
The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information was established by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974. The Clearinghouse provides information products and technical assistance services to help professionals locate information related to child abuse and neglect and related child welfare issues. The Clearinghouse can help you find research, statistics, State laws, and resources on such topics as prevention, child protection, out-of-home care, and permanency planning. The Clearinghouse is a service of the Children's Bureau, within the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
 
In North America, tens of thousands of children cannot remain with their birth families. These children—once labeled unadoptable or hard to place—are mostly school-aged. Some are brothers and sisters who must be placed together. Some are drug-exposed or medically fragile. Most have physical, mental, or emotional difficulties. Many are children of color. All need loving families. Founded in 1974 by adoptive parents, the North American Council on Adoptable Children is committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt them. Since its inception, NACAC's mission has remained essentially unchanged: Every child has the right to a permanent family. The Council advocates the right of every child to a permanent, continuous, nurturing and culturally sensitive family, and presses for the legal adoptive placement of any child denied that right.
 
It is the mission of OJJDP to provide national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP accomplishes this by supporting States and local communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects the public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of families and each individual juvenile.
 
The primary purpose of The Future of Children is to disseminate timely information on major issues related to children's well-being, with special emphasis on providing objective analysis and evaluation, translating existing knowledge into effective programs and polices, and promoting constructive institutional change. In attempting to achieve these objectives, we are targeting a multidisciplinary audience of national leaders, including policymakers, practitioners, legislators, executives, and professionals in the public and private sectors. This publication is intended to complement, not duplicate, the kind of technical analysis found in academic journals and the general coverage of children's issues by the popular press and special interest groups.
 
Throughout this web site, you'll learn more about the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and how you can help. We invite you to explore the resources and information available on this site, from our publications to our network of state chapters and our membership program.
 
Annie E. Casey Foundation works in partnership with community-based organizations on comprehensive strategies to reverse social isolation and disinvestment in low-income neighborhoods.
 
The Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center strives to deliver high quality legal services to Colorado's at-risk and maltreated children, promote their healing and healthy development, and ensure that each foster child finds a permanent, loving home. The Center specializes in both direct services to individual children and large-scale policy reforms that can better the lives of thousands of at-risk children.
 
The mission of the Skillman Center for Children is to enhance the economic and social well being of urban children and their families. The Skillman Center does this by informing, influencing, and facilitating the strengthening of policies, best and promising practices, and programs affecting children locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. Located in the College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs (CULMA), at Wayne State University, the Skillman Center was created in 1991 by a Skillman Foundation endowment grant. The Center’s efforts focus on three areas of expertise: economic security for families; family and community support; and child resiliency and competence through safe families and neighborhoods.
 
Welcome! Here you will find rich, descriptive information and analysis regarding each state's juvenile justice system, illustrating the uniqueness of the 51 separate juvenile justice systems in this country. Developed in collaboration with state and local juvenile justice practitioners, the State Profiles offer an evolving array of information about each state's laws, policies, and practices, with direct links to individual and agency contacts in the field.
 
Stop It Now prevents the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed.
 
The Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) is an independent, non-profit organization established in 1974 by the State Bar of Texas to "promote the availability, accessibility and quality of the services of attorneys to the public in particular areas of the law... and advance the standards of the legal profession." It operates under the continuing jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Texas.

The TBLS certifies attorneys in 20 select areas of law and paralegals in six areas. The TBLS is the only organization authorized to provide this service to the citizens of Texas.

The Board Certification process is rigorous and thorough with stringent, ongoing requirements after initial certification. In brief, an applicant must: have been in practice a minimum of five years with three years of substantial involvement in an area of law, complete TBLS-approved Continuing Legal Education course requirements, furnish at least 10 qualified, vetted references, provide extensive, relevant experience documentation and pass a comprehensive, daylong, specialty area examination.
 
TLC's mission is to improve case outcomes for abused and neglected children by enhancing the quality of legal services they receive. The most important decisions about an abused or neglected child's future are made in court. TLC exists to help insure that those decisions are the right ones for the child.
 
Acting under the directive of the leadership of the 104th Congress to make Federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public, a Library of Congress team brought the THOMAS World Wide Web system online in January 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The first database made available was Bill Text, followed shortly by Congressional Record Text, Bill Summary & Status, Hot Bills (no longer maintained), the Congressional Record Index, and the Constitution (now found, along with other historical Congressional documents, under the "Historical Documents" category on the THOMAS home page). Enhancements in the types of legislative data available, as well as in search and display capabilities, have been continuously added.
 
Mission: The mission of the Michigan Child Welfare Law Resource Center is to improve the legal system's handling of child-related cases through professional development. Values: A strong commitment ot the well being of children; high standards of professionalism and professional practice exhibited by those individuals who work with and on behalf of children; systems which function efficiently, are committed to making decisions which serve the best interests of children, and which make those decisions in a timely fashion. To meet its mission, the Michigan Child Welfare Law Resource Center has four major components: 1) Provides technical assistance; 2) Develops and distributes training; 3) Informational materials; 4) The Resource Center recruits, trains, and places law school fellows to work and learn in the field as advocates:
 
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. ACF programs aim to achieve the following : families and individuals empowered to increase their own economic independence and productivity; strong, healthy, supportive communities that have a positive impact on the quality of life and the development of children; partnerships with individuals, front-line service providers, communities, American Indian tribes, Native communities, states, and Congress that enable solutions which transcend traditional agency boundaries; services planned, reformed, and integrated to improve needed access; and a strong commitment to working with people with developmental disabilities, refugees, and migrants to address their needs, strengths, and abilities.
 
Voices for America's Children, formerly known as the National Association of Child Advocates, is the only national organization devoted to building the capacity of state and local child advocacy organizations. Founded in 1984, Voices is a nationwide network of child advocacy organizations working at the increasingly critical level of America's statehouses, county commissions, and city councils. With 63 member organizations in 48 states and 11 cities and communities, Voices serves as the forum where child advocacy leaders from across the country convene to share ideas and exchange information, formulate joint efforts and coordinate strategies, sharpen their skills, and increase the impact of the child advocacy movement. Voices establishes links between state and local child advocates and national experts and provides a clearinghouse of information on issues affecting children and effective advocacy. Voices' mission is to improve the lives and living conditions of children by strengthening child advocacy organizations in states and communities.
 
Founded in 1980, Youth Communication publishes award-winning books and two magazines written by and for teens, New Youth Connections and Represent: The Voice of Youth in Foster Care.
 
ZERO TO THREE's mission is to promote the healthy development of our nation's infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf. We are dedicated to advancing current knowledge; promoting beneficial policies and practices; communicating research and best practices to a wide variety of audiences; and providing training, technical assistance and leadership development. ZERO TO THREE is a national non-profit organization.
 
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