Who We Are

The ABA Center on Children and the Law seeks to ensure that those who work on children’s law matters throughout the country have the resources and support they need to do their jobs at the highest level.


We know the value of such support firsthand because the majority of our team worked on the frontlines as attorneys, social workers, and child welfare agency staff before coming to the ABA to make a different in the children’s law field as a whole. 


The Center started in 1978 as a small legal resource center on child protection. It has grown to a  full-service technical assistance, training, and systems reform program addressing many topics affecting children and families.


Center staff include talented professionals representing law, research, communications, and project administration.


The Center, housed within the ABA Professional Services Division, is governed by the ABA Board of Governers.



The Center benefits from partnerships with a wide range of organizations with expertise in areas that intersect with children's legal issues.



The ABA Center on Children and the Law is a grant funded organization that manages a diverse portfolio of projects across the country supported by the federal government, state public agencies and courts, philanthropic foundations, and the ABA.