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NACC Webinar: Title IV-E Funding for Legal Representation
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When: Tuesday, April 16th
11:00am Mountain
Where: United States
Presenter: Gerard Glynn, Erin Lovell, and Tom Rawlings
Contact: Daniel Trujillo
(303) 864-5359

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This free webinar is only available to NACC members and CWLS.  Click here to join NACC and enjoy access to member benefits like this.  The webinar will be recorded for members to view on-demand.

The Federal Government recently expanded how the states can receive reimbursement for foster care related expenses to include reimbursement for funds spent providing legal representation to children and parents in child welfare proceedings.  This session will explain the federal funding scheme and how states can use these funds before and during child welfare cases to provide quality legal representation to children and parents.  The presenters will also provide practical steps for participants, encouraging everyone to think big and to help their states maximize their funding under this new scheme. 


Webinar Presenters


Gerard Glynn, MS, JD/LLM


Gerry Glynn is the Chief Legal Officer for Embrace Families. Embrace Families is a family of non-profits that care for children who have been victims of abuse and/or neglect. All services from prevention and community outreach, to case management, foster care and adoptions are provided.

Prior to joining the Embrace Families, Gerry enjoyed a career representing children and families as an attorney for more than 25 years. He has been involved with many non-profits serving on numerous boards of directors, including the National Association of Counsel for Children and the City of Life Foundation. Additionally, Gerry was the founding Executive Director of Florida’s Children First. Gerry is a Board Certified Juvenile Law Specialist in Florida.

As a law professor for more than two decades, Gerry taught at Georgetown, Florida State, University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Barry University. As a clinical law professor, he led major reforms in several law school skills programs. Finally, he is a nationally renowned lecturer on children’s law topics and has published several articles and chapters of books.

Gerry received his undergraduate degree in 1985 from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO and his law degree in 1989 from American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, DC where he graduated cum laude. In 1991, he received his Masters in Justice also from American University, and in 1993 he received his Masters in Legal Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center. Gerry is admitted to practice law in Florida, District of Columbia, Maryland (inactive) and Arkansas.


Contact Information

Gerard Glynn, Chief Legal Counsel

Embrace Families



Erin Lovell, JD



Erin L. Lovell is the Executive Director of Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC) in Seattle, Washington. LCYC improves the well-being of youth and children by advancing their legal rights. LCYC accomplishes its mission through community partnerships, direct representation, and systemic advocacy. LCYC’s four direct service programs include child welfare, juvenile court, youth homelessness, and youth and family immigration. Before helping to create LCYC, Erin represented parents and youth in child welfare matters as a staff attorney with The Defender Association, now a division of the King County Department of Public Defense. Erin's other leadership roles in the legal community include service on the Board of Directors of Equal Justice Works (2004-2006), the Executive Committee of the Washington State Bar Association’s Juvenile Law Section (2007-2011), and the Board of Directors of Washington Defender Association (2012-2014). Erin received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Erin grew up in a small town in rural Wisconsin. She is one of five siblings and a proud aunt to ten nieces and nephews. Erin enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, traveling, and cooking with her children. Erin and her husband are licensed foster parents.


Contact Information

Erin Lovell, Executive Director

Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC)

(206)494-0323 x700


Tom Rawlings, JD, CWLS


Tom Rawlings was previously the director of the Office of the Child Advocate before assuming the role of Interim Director for the Division of Family and Children Services. He was the first full-time juvenile court judge in the Middle Judicial Circuit and oversaw juvenile justice and child protection cases in five counties. Rawlings was the country director for International Justice Mission in Guatemala, where he directed a child sexual abuse prosecution and treatment team. He is certified as a child welfare law specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children and a former Fulbright Senior Specialist in law. Rawlings is the author of “Georgia Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice: Policy, Practice and Procedure.” He earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law and a master’s degree with distinction in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford. Rawlings and his wife, Kay, have three children and reside in Sandersville.


Contact Information

Tom Rawlings, Division Director

GA Division of Family and Children Services

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