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NACC Mission & Vision Statement

On August 22, 2018, the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counsel for Children unanimously adopted a new five-year Strategic Plan for 2019-2023. 


The plan redefines NACC's mission and vision statements to more clearly articulate the long-term change NACC is working toward and the primary strategies we will employ to achieve that impact over the next five years.


NACC's Vision is that every child and family involved with the court system is well-represented by a lawyer who works to ensure that every child is raised by a nurturing family and has positive life opportunities.


NACC's Mission is to advance the rights, well-being, and opportunities of children and families impacted by the child welfare system through high-quality legal representation.


NACC believes that children involved in child welfare proceedings need lawyers who are well-trained to ensure that their voices are heard, their rights are protected, their needs are met, and that the best possible outcomes are achieved.  Children do best when they are with their families, and they need their parents, teachers, social workers, doctors, lawyers and other caring adults to work together to ensure they have the holistic supports needed for social and emotional development and long-term success.


The child welfare court system works best when all parties – children, parents, and social service agencies – are represented by high-quality, well-trained lawyers who advocate for their client’s interests, working together to find appropriate solutions.  NACC is committed to ensuring that all parties have access to high-quality, well-resourced legal counsel.


Through our work to improve high-quality legal representation, NACC has an impact on the following policy outcomes and priorities:

  1. The child welfare court system is more likely to be fair and equitable, and protect children's well-being, rights, and opportunities.
  2. Children can have equitable access to services and supports.
  3. Children can be in loving, permanent families and exit the child welfare system as appropriate when their needs have been met.
  4. Children and youth can be supported in ways that keep them from also being involved in juvenile and criminal justice systems.

NACC's new motto:


Promoting Excellence

Building Community

Advancing Justice


Click here for NACC's 2019-2023 Strategic Plan


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