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Child Welfare Law Certification Now Open in Delaware

Thursday, March 29, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Taylor Stockdell
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NACC is pleased to announce that Delaware is now the 32nd jurisdiction open to the NACC's Child Welfare Law Certification program. Delaware attorneys are eligible to receive application fee waivers from Children's Bureau on a first-come, first-serve basis.

QIC ChildRep - Application Fee Waiver (Current Cycle Application Deadline 4/30/2012)

As part of the National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System, the Children's Bureau designated funding to help off-set the cost of certification fees for up to 200 attorneys per year. NACC began accepting fee waivers January 1, 2012. They are being awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to the first 200 eligible attorneys to apply. There are still waivers available - apply now for your $300 application fee waiver!

Details about the NACC Certification program, including a Program Summary, Standards, QIC Waiver information, and a sample application are available on the NACC website at:

NACC Child Welfare Law Specialization

Attorney Specialty Certification is awarded by authorized state and national organizations. Attorneys certified as specialists may so designate (hold themselves out as specialists in advertising or letterhead, for example) as provided by states' versions of ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 7.4. Under Model Rule 7.4, attorneys may designate themselves as board certified specialists once certified by the state certification regulatory authority or an authorized national certification program. 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 accredited by the American Bar Association. The program has 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). The NACC also obtains the necessary authorization from the state regulatory authorities such as the court, state bar association, or committee on legal specialization. Attorneys must comply with their state certification rules.

NACC Child Welfare Law Certification is available to attorneys who serve in the role of Child's Attorney (including Guardian ad Litem, Law Guardian, Attorney ad Litem), Parent's Attorney, and Agency / Department / Government Attorney. The specialization area as approved by the ABA is defined as "the practice of law representing children, parents or the government in all child protection proceedings including emergency, temporary custody, adjudication, disposition, foster care, permanency planning, termination, guardianship,and adoption. Child Welfare Law does not include representation in private child custody and adoption disputes where the state is not a party.” If you represent children, parents, the state child welfare agency, or the state in abuse, neglect, and dependency cases, you may be eligible to become certified in child welfare law. To date, there are 366 NACC Certified Child Welfare Law Specialists in 15 jurisdictions.

For more information or to apply, please visit or contact Daniel Trujillo at (303) 864-5359.

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