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Children & the Law
The Center improves court systems serving children and families in the child welfare system by consulting with state Court Improvement Programs, collaborating with national judicial organizations, and working with state and local courts.
The Center elevates the level and quality of representation of children, parents, and child welfare agencies in child welfare cases.
The Center partners with states and local jurisdictions to identify and remove barriers to permanency for children in the child welfare system.
The Center works across the U.S. to bring child welfare agencies, juvenile justice agencies, local school district leadership, and judges together to plan for and implement supports that improve school experiences for court-involved youth.
The Center's kin projects provide legal resources for kin who care for children in and outside the child welfare system, and to professionals who serve kin as attorneys and policy advocates.
The Center's health projects educate legal and child welfare professionals about the health and developmental needs of court-involved children and youth.
Center attorneys provide training on the intersection between immigration and child welfare to legal and child welfare professionals, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), and how judges can work with immigrant children in court.