At the National Association of Counsel for Children, we’re dedicated to advocating for important laws and policies affecting the rights of children. Below, you’ll find a number of resources to help you impact the lives of children, both inside and outside of the courtroom.
NACC Policy Agenda
The NACC Policy Agenda promotes the physical and emotional well being of children by ensuring that courts hear and consider their views in proceedings affecting their lives. Our Policy Agenda outlines the role that competent, well-trained child law attorneys play in such proceedings, as well as our recommendations for child welfare, juvenile justice, child custody, and criminal justice proceedings.
The NACC Policy Advocacy Guide encourages policy advocacy on behalf of children, youth, and families. Intended as both a powerful teaching tool for first-time child welfare advocates and a checklist for more experienced advocates, the guide outlines a variety of advocacy strategies, including phone call and letter writing campaigns, visits to Capitol Hill, media work, and connecting with community allies.
Are you working on an important child welfare advocacy project? The National Association of Counsel for Children may be able to assist you. Our small, but dedicated staff focuses on maximizing our efforts by selecting projects with the greatest potential impact on child welfare law and policy. If you need help with an important child welfare advocacy project, please visit our Advocacy Request page.
In addition to other child welfare advocacy efforts, the NACC also files amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in state appellate courts, federal courts of appeal, and the Supreme Court of the United States. If you’re working on a case of particular importance to the legal rights of children, we encourage you to visit our Amicus Curiae Program page and request our participation as amicus curiae.
Visit our Standards of Practice page to examine a selection of documents containing guidelines for attorneys representing children, parents, and agencies in child welfare proceedings. Written to be realistically attainable by individual jurisdictions, these documents address the difficulties of day-to-day practice while also striving to increase the quality and uniformity of legal representation.