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In response to COVID-19 guidance, many states are waiving online/on-demand CLE restrictions and limits. View the state-by-state status of changes.


NACC’s new online Red Book Training Course is designed to assist you in preparing for the Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS) examination, and serves as an overall review of core dependency competency areas. The course consists of seven weekly webinars. 




Fall Session: September 9, 2020 - October 21, 2020

View Fall 2020 Course Schedule and Syllabus

Registration open through October 20


About the Course

The material covered in the course is drawn from Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases (3rd Edition). The course is intended to assist you in breaking the material down, focusing on important concepts, and guiding you through the material in the Red Book.   This course will not cover every chapter.   The instructor has made intentional decisions about what information to cover in the time that is allotted for the course.  


Information will be provided before each webinar session including the section of the Red Book and corresponding chapters, and sections within each chapter, that will be covered. Please note that prior to each week it will be helpful if you have read the chapters and sections that will be covered. Most weeks, the webinar will be 1 hour long. However, sessions 2 and 7 will be 1.5 hours long in order to cover the material sufficiently.


The cost is $200 per person for groups and NACC members ($100 for CWLS; $275 for nonmembers). All live sessions are recorded and participants will have access to the recordings for six months (participants who can’t attend certain sessions will be able view the recordings at their leisure). Registration for this course includes access to the electronic version of the Red Book for six months. Hard copies of the Red Book are also available for purchase.


This is a great opportunity for attorneys representing children, parents, and agencies to take their education and practice to the next level and apply for certification to become a Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS). One need not be a CWLS applicant in order to take the course, but we do encourage participants to become certified. The CWLS exam can be taken online at the convenience of the applicant and is remotely proctored over video.  The cost for the CWLS application and exam is $375 for NACC Members ($500 for nonmembers).  Click here to apply for CWLS Certification.


NACC’s staff is ready to assist in registering a group for the course, ordering hard copies of the Red Book, and/or coordinating a cohort to become certified as CWLS. Please contact Daniel Trujillo, NACC Certification Director, at for group registrations, additional information about the course, or CWLS certification.



This course is accredited for 8 hours of general CLE credit in Colorado.  CLE approval in at least one MCLE state can streamline an attorney’s CLE application in another state.  Approval has been granted in two formats - for those who plan to participate live each session and for those who intend to watch the recordings. Please check with the CLE authority in your jurisdiction with regard to specific online and on-demand learning requirements or limitations.  Certificates of attendance and accompanying documentation will be made available to participants after the course concludes.


View Fall 2020 Course Schedule and Syllabus



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