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NACC Mission & Vision Statement

On August 22, 2018, the National Association of Counsel for Children passed a new five-year Strategic Plan.  An Executive Summary of the Plan is under development.  NACC's refined organizational statements are the following:


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.


The Mission of the National Association of Counsel for Children 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 – outcomes where children are raised on a path toward success in loving and supportive families. 

Children's lawyers work to:

1. Ensure justice for all children in dependency court cases.  

2. Stand up for the child’s voice in court and ensure a fair and equitable justice system.

3. Use the law to ensure every child is raised by a nurturing family and barriers to education, health care, and housing are removed.

4. Serve as buffers to keep children from the harms of family separation and the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

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.

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