ABA Center on Children and the Law
ABA Center on Children and the Law aims to improve children's lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. In 1978, the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division created the ABA Center on Children and the Law. From modest origins as a small legal resource center focusing exclusively on child abuse and neglect issues, the Center has grown into a full-service technical assistance, training, and research program addressing a broad spectrum of law and court-related topics affecting children. These include child abuse and neglect, adoption, adolescent and infant/toddler health, foster and kinship care, education, juvenile status offenders, custody and support, guardianship, missing and exploited children, and children's exposure to domestic violence.
Bar-Youth Empowerment Project Staff:
Andrea Khoury , Project Director
Kristin Kelly , Staff Attorney
ABA Youth at Risk Commission
In August 2006, ABA President Karen Mathis made it a priority of her term of office to find ways that the law and the legal community can better identify and support America's at-risk young people. To lead this initiative, she established the ABA Commission on Youth at Risk to undertake an effort to identify the challenges facing this population (particularly those in the 13 through 19 age range) that greatly elevate their "risk," and working to enhance laws, judicial intervention strategies, policies, practices, and programs intended to help prevent teens from becoming delinquent or engaging in criminal acts. Into its second year, the Commission focuses on, among other things, better ways to serve juvenile status offenders, meet the needs of youth aging out of foster care, and assure meaningful participation by youth in court proceedings.
ABA Youth at Risk Commission Staff Contact:
Howard Davidson , Director