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NACC Provides Testimony to New York State Commission on Parental Legal Representation

Wednesday, October 10, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kim Dvorchak
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On October 9, 2018 NACC Executive Director Kim Dvorchak provided testimony at the New York State Commission on Parental Legal Representation in Albany, New York.


The Commission was established by Chief Judge Janet DeFiore to gather information on existing services and suggestions for reforms needed to ensure quality representation for persons eligible for assigned counsel in family law matters.  The commission is conducting public hearings and soliciting comments and information to inform the Commission's report and recommendations.  Click here for information on the Commission.


Ms. Dvorchak shared information about NACC's Policy Advocacy Agenda, which supports the right to effective assistance of counsel and access to justice for children and parents, NACC's Child Welfare Law Specialist Certification program, and NACC's experience assessing and supporting the development of parent representation in Colorado.  NACC provided the Commission a copy of Child Welfare Law and Practice and shared information about the Child Welfare Law Office Handbook.


NACC recommended New York establish a system of statewide oversight and support for parents' attorneys in the same manner it provides statewide oversight and support for children's attorneys.


"The delivery of high-quality legal services requires an infrastructure which provides attorneys with the time, training, compensation, and resources necessary for effective representation, and a system of statewide funding and oversight to safeguard its success."


Click here for NACC's Written Testimony to the Commission.






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