The National Association of Counsel for Children provides a selection of programs to help improve child welfare law and practice in the United States. Our NACC Training Program helps child welfare attorneys and caseworkers sharpen their skills, both in and out of the courtroom. Our NACC Certification Program is available to attorneys serving in the role of child’s attorney, parent’s attorney, or agency attorney. And our NACC Policy Program helps both first-time lay advocates and experienced attorneys advocate for the rights of children. Please continue reading for more information.
Child law attorneys and caseworkers must navigate various federal, state, and local laws. These laws differ in both theory and practice from one jurisdiction to the next, making child welfare one of the most challenging specialties in our legal system. In order to ensure that attorneys and caseworkers have the tools they need to operate in such complex legal systems, the National Association of Counsel for Children provides a number of training programs. Our curricula are designed by nationally recognized experts in child welfare and juvenile justice, and our trainers use a variety of teaching methods. We also design custom curriculum to meet the needs of your jurisdiction.
The National Association of Counsel for Children is the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys as Child Welfare Law Specialists. Currently available in 39 states, the NACC Certification Program was created and sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau, and is available to attorneys serving in the role of Child’s Attorney, Parent’s Attorney, or Agency Attorney. We have also been endorsed by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and the Conference of Chief Justices/Conference of State Court Administrators (CCJ/COSCA).
Our NACC Policy page offers a number of valuable resources to help you impact the lives of children. Our NACC Policy Agenda examines the role that child law attorneys play, and provides specific recommendations for child welfare, juvenile justice, child custody, and criminal proceedings. The NACC Policy Advocacy Guide provides a powerful tool for both first-time and experienced child welfare advocates. Our Standards of Practice documents provide useful guidelines for child law attorneys. You’ll also find information on requesting NACC participation as amicus curiae (friend of the court) or through assistance with other advocacy efforts.