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Founded in 1977, the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) is a non-profit professional membership and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing justice for children, youth, and families.  Every year millions of children are involved in the child welfare system, including children who have been separated from their parent or guardian, children at risk of separation, and children and youth who are also involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems.  Many children involved in these systems face barriers to justice in the courts and are deeply impacted by poor outcomes in the foster care system.


Children involved in these proceedings need lawyers who are well-trained to ensure their voices are heard, their rights are protected, and that outcomes are achieved that keep them safely with their families, and on a path toward success.  The child welfare system works best when all parties--children, parents, and social services agencies--are represented by high-quality, well-trained lawyers.  NACC helps lawyers do this important work.

NACC advances the rights and opportunities of children in the child welfare system by ensuring they have the right to effective assistance of counsel.  We provide programs and resources that improve the quality of legal representation for children, parents, and agencies; support a community of hard-working and dedicated professionals and help attract and retain a diverse talent in the children's legal advocacy profession; and we advocate for policies that advance children's rights, including the right to counsel.


NACC Promotes Excellence through attorney training and certification.  We are the only national organization accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys as Child Welfare Law Specialists. NACC Builds Community through a national membership association and annual National Child Welfare Law Conference.  NACC Advances Justice by engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy aimed at improving the child welfare system.


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Mission Icon' title='Mission Icon NACC Mission

As a professional membership organization, the NACC works to strengthen legal advocacy for children and families. For more info, check out our mission statement.

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Without our hardworking staff, we wouldn’t be able to advocate for children’s rights, certify child law professionals, or provide our members with resources, tools, and training.

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NACC board members come from a variety of professional disciplines, working together to establish the objectives that guide the strategic direction of our organization.

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Strategic Plan Icon' title='Strategic Plan Icon Strategic Plan

Developed by our Board of Directors in collaboration with the NACC staff, this five-year plan outlines our strategic goals and objectives for 2019-2023. Strategies include promoting excellence in child welfare practice, providing training and technical assistance for child law professionals, engaging in policy advocacy, and growing our multidisciplinary membership through increased support and policy advocacy mobilization.

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Policy Agenda Icon' title='Policy Agenda Icon Policy Agenda

The NACC believes that all children should be valued as human beings, and that they have a right to physical and emotional safety and well being. We protect the rights of children by making sure their views are represented in legal proceedings affecting their lives. To learn more about our policies on attorneys for children, child welfare, juvenile justice, child custody, and criminal justice, check out our policy agenda.

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