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2019 Conference Agenda Highlights
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Thank you to 2019 Faculty and Attendees!

Hot Topics in Child Welfare Law included:

Family First Prevention Services Act

Immigration, ICE, and Family Separation

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

Reasonable Efforts

Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)

Opioid Treatment, Plans of Safe Care, Civil Rights Protections

Permanency for LGBTQ+ Youth

Education Access and Outcomes for Youth

Reproductive Health Equity for Youth 

Title IV-E Funding for Legal Representation

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

Engaging Young People in State and National Advocacy

Trauma Informed & Secondary Trauma


Featured Speakers:

David Ambroz, Co-Founder, FosterMore, Luncheon Keynote

Hon. Leonard Edwards, Reasonable Efforts & Relative Placements

Jennifer Rodriguez, Jennifer Pokempner, and Angie Schwartz on Extended Foster Care

Hailly Korman, Bellwether Educational Partners

Angela Orkin, John Walsh, William Booth, True North Child Advocates/Children's Law Podcast

National Foster Youth and Alumni Policy Council

Marsha Levick, Jessica Feierman, Juvenile Law Center

Jennifer Renne, ABA Center on Children and the Law


Special Sessions:

Children’s Law Office Pre-Conference Convening:  NACC is relaunching the Children's Law Office Project,  bringing together NACC Community Members who practice in nonprofit, law firm, or state agency settings. Come learn and share ideas around practice management, funding opportunities and effective leadership.  See pre-conference agenda here.  Law Office Track:  In addition to this pre-trial convening, NACC's main conference agenda will include a track of presentations geared toward office/agency management.


CLOSING PLENARY: When Opportunity Knocks: Leveraging Title IV-E Funding to Advance Legal Representation for Children and Families: The federal government recently expanded funding reimbursement to include certain costs for legal representation of children and parents in child welfare proceedings. This plenary session will provide up-to-the minute developments on this exciting new policy and how states and practitioners are leveraging it to support high-quality legal practice.  Don't miss this developing presentation on 2019 policy and practice developments.


ABA SAFETY GUIDE:  Jennifer Renne, JD, Director, Court Projects, ABA Center on Children and the Law and author of the ABA Child Safety Guide, is now joining Rob Wyman, JD, MSW, Casey Family Programs, to present Understanding the ABA Child Safety Guide and Using it to Offer Hope and Resilience


LUNCH & LEARN: Human-Centered Design Solutions for Child Welfare: Design Thinking is spreading across sectors. Proponents and converts alike are making big bets that it can revolutionize the way we address some of the world’s most complex challenges. What is design for social impact? What does it mean to design in an ethical and equity-centered way? Join this Lunch & Learn with Jessica Mason, Founder and CEO of the Social Impact Studio for an interactive session that answers these questions with real stories from the field and opportunities to explore and practice design in the moment.  


Movie Screening - FOSTER: Drawing on unprecedented access, Oscar winners Deborah Oppenheimer and Mark Jonathan Harris interweave first-hand stories of those navigating the child protection system with insights from social workers, lawyers and other advocates.  Join Filmmaker Deborah Oppenheimer for a discussion following the film.


Pre-Conference Red Book Training: NACC’s flagship training covers all major areas of dependency practice.  Useful for those preparing for their CWLS examination, but open to all!  Bonus this year!  Anyone attending the Red Book Training will be able to participate in NACC's fall online Red Book Training Course for $25.


Building Community: Enjoy Anaheim, California with colleagues in the field. Attend receptions for attendees and Child Welfare Law Specialists.  There's no admission fee for nearby Downtown Disney


For the complete AGENDA/BROCHURE, click here.


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