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Linda Britton, J.D., directs the Bar Youth Empowerment Project, which works to improve outcomes for older foster youth aging out of the child welfare system by insuring they attend and are meaningfully engaged in their court proceedings.  Before joining the Center, Linda mediated child welfare cases and served as a juvenile court magistrate.

Cristina Ritchie Cooper, J.D., works on the Permanency Barriers Project and Trial Skills Program. Before joining the Center, Cristina represented children and youth in abuse and neglect, teen dating violence, and family law proceedings.

Heidi Redlich Epstein, J.D., M.S.W., Director of Kinship Policy and Assistant Director of State Projects, co-manages the Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center, works on various legal issues related to kinship care, develops and helps jurisdictions implement reforms and conducts training on barriers to achieving permanency for children in foster care. She also helps child welfare attorneys improve their trial skills at trainings throughout the country.

Anne Marie Lancour, M.A.T., J.D., Director of State Projects, is a national expert on child abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, adoption, and foster care. She directs the Center's Permanency Barriers Projects and Trial Skill Program, produces teletrainings, drafts legal manuals, and trains on a variety of child welfare topics.

Kristin Kelly, J.D., works in the areas of child welfare, implementation of federal legislation, and court improvement. She focuses her time on the education needs of children in care as well as improving outcomes for older youth in and transitioning out of care.

Eva J. Klain, J.D., Director, Child and Adolescent Health, works on improving understanding of the health issues faced by children and youth involved in the court system. She also works on dependency court reform efforts and child sexual exploitation issues, including statutory rape, the prostitution of children, child sex tourism, child pornography and other crimes against children.

Mimi Laver, J.D., Legal Education Director, focues her work on helping states improve permanency outcomes for children, and on legal representation of parties in dependency cases. Additionally, Mimi directs the Opening Doors Project which provides tools to judges and advocates to improve practice related to LGBTQ youth in foster care.

Kathleen McNaught, J.D., Assistant Director, works on child welfare, implementation of federal legislation, and educational issues for foster children. She has extensive experience representing children and parents in child abuse/neglect proceedings as well as advocating for families in educational matters.

Scott Trowbridge, J.D., works primarily on the Barriers to Permanency Project and the National Child Welfare Resource Center. Scott was previously a regional supervisor for Tennessee's adoption program and a caseworker in foster care, juvenile justice, and adoptions.


Jennifer L. Renne, J.D., Director, Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues, focuses on child welfare, legal representation, and court improvement issues. She has extensive experience representing abused and neglected children.

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