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Children's Law Office Project

CLOP 2.0

In 2006 NACC launched the Children's Law Office Project, known as CLOP,  which was designed to improve the delivery of legal services to children in abuse and neglect cases through improved child law office operation and management. 

The original CLOP initiative achievements included: 

  • Identifying the nation's law offices providing legal services to children in child welfare cases;
  • Bringing those offices together in a participatory network;
  • Producing model office operations guidelines; and
  • Delivering technical assistance to children's law offices.

The original project culminated in 2008 with the publication of the Child Welfare Law Office Guidebook: Best Practice Guidelines for Organizational Legal Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases.

 

Also known as the "Blue Book," the Child Welfare Law Office Guidebook is organized by three areas of operation (administration, development, and program), and is a collection of best practice guidelines developed by premier law office executives from across the country. 

 

Today, NACC is looking to create the next iteration of this landmark resource for the newest generation of child law office leaders.

 

As part of NACC's 2019-2023 Strategic Plan, NACC is launching CLOP 2.0! 

 

This 2020 version of CLOP offers an opportunity to reconvene and support the leaders and managers of nonprofit children's law offices, state attorney ad litem or attorney guardian ad litem agencies, and law firms who contract with counties and states to represent children, to offer specialized leadership training, discuss current challenges in law practice management, strategize policy reforms, and support the development of the next generation of children's law office leaders and managers.  Dedicated child welfare law offices provide some of the best models for the delivery of high-quality legal services, and  experienced law office managers can help lead and mentor the development of new offices and/or model law office pilots and contracts.


With the Children's Bureau policy change permitting 50% reimbursement for the administrative costs of child and parent representation from child welfare agencies, implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act, and anticipated federal legislation to reauthorize CAPTA, there is much to discuss and strategize regarding child welfare practice and policy in addition to law office management. 

In 2019 NACC hosted a Children's Law Office Convening in Anaheim at our 42nd National Child Welfare Law Conference. The agenda featured original National Advisory Board members as well as emerging new leaders.  NACC is building a CLOP 2.0 network, newsletter, and leadership development opportunities to advance excellence in legal representation of children in abuse and neglect cases.

NACC will host a pre-conference Children's Law Office Convening at our 43rd National Child Welfare Law Conference in Baltimore August 23, 2020.

For more information about CLOP 2.0 or how to join the network, contact NACC Executive Director Kim Dvorchak at Kim.Dvorchak@NACCchildlaw.org

 

 

 

 

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