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NACC Webinar: A Courtroom Advocate’s Guide to the Family First Galaxy
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When: Tuesday, June 11th
11:00am-12:30pm MDT
Where: United States
Contact: Daniel Trujillo

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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.


This session will provide an overview of key components of the 2018 Family First Prevention Services Act, the most sweeping piece of federal child welfare legislation in decades. Attendees will learn how to translate the law’s mandates into daily courtroom advocacy and legal innovation. Specifically, the session will focus on advocacy tips applied to each stage of a child welfare case: pre-petition, initial hearings, placement decisions, services and permanency pathways. Participants will gain increased confidence and urgency to leverage the language and the spirit of Family First on behalf of the children, parents and caregivers they represent. 



Webinar Presenters


Stefanie Sprow



Stefanie Sprow is the Deputy Director of Child Welfare and Mental Health at the Children's Defense Fund and focuses on issues of child welfare and mental health. Her work at CDF is directed at improving outcomes for children and youth who are in or on the edges of the child welfare system by promoting public policies, practices and programs to help keep children safe and in permanent nurturing families and communities. Stefanie has worked to enact and implement several federal laws to improve outcomes for children, including the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014, and Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. She frequently presents at conferences and webinars on a range of topics relevant to child welfare. She also provides technical assistance to states on how to improve policy and practices that better support kinship families. Sprow co-leads the Child Welfare and Mental Health Coalition. In addition to working on CDF's child welfare agenda, Sprow also works on broader data research and analysis and helps in the production of several CDF publications. She studied at the University of Michigan.


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Stefanie Sprow, Deputy Director of Child Welfare and Mental Health

Children's Defense Fund

Allison Green, JD, CWLS


Allison Greenjoined the NACC team in March 2019. Most recently, she served as a Foster America Fellow at Missouri's Children's Division, where her work focused on strengthening the agency's collaboration with court partners. Previously, Allison was Senior Supervising Attorney at the Children's Law Center of Washington, D.C. In this role, she provided ongoing staff supervision, developed trial strategy, and contributed to training and program planning for a GAL program that represented 500 foster youth each year.  Allison has presented locally and nationally on a variety of child welfare topics. Prior to law school, Allison worked in a congregate care facility for youth involved in the court system. She started her career as a Jesuit Volunteer at Legal Services for Children in San Francisco. Allison earned her law degree at Georgetown, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar and recipient of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic Public Service Awards. She is a certified Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS) and has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. She is currently licensed to practice in Washington, D.C.


Contact Information

Allison Green, Special Counsel

National Association of Counsel for Children






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