How We Help


The Center improves children's lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy.


Some History

In 1978 the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division created the ABA Center on Children and the Law. It started as a small legal resource center focusing exclusively on child abuse and neglect issues.


Past Informs Present

From modest beginnings, 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. Our first conference, Advocating for Children in the Courts, started a biannual tradition. One of our early books, Foster Children in the Courts, prompted three decades of work improving foster care legal systems and raising the level and quality of advocacy for children and families.

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