Center on Children and the Law

The Center promotes access to justice for children and families. Our team of attorneys and core staff work on a diverse portfolio of national, regional and local projects in the children’s law field throughout the country. Center projects are unified by two complementary goals: improving legal representation and improving the legal systems that impact children and families.

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2021 National Parent Representation Conference

Please join us May 20-21, 2021 for a virtual convening. Two half-day sessions will be dedicated to advocating for parents in the child welfare system. Parent advocates, lawyers, social workers, parent mentors, and court professionals who support parents are encouraged to attend.

Nominate a Reunification Hero

Each year we celebrate people around the country who are passionate about helping families stay together. Nominate your reunification hero by May 14, 2021.

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Family First Act Resources and Tools

Access our resources on implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act.

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Legal Representation Infographic

Our 2-page infographic explains the importance of high-quality legal representation for children, parents, and child welfare agencies in child welfare proceedings.

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Project Areas

Center projects focus on strengthening courts, legal representation, and state and local systems. Topics include child welfare and intersecting issues: permanency, education, immigration, kin and relative care, and health.

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Training and Technical Assistance

The Center is a full-service training and technical assistance provider on a variety of child welfare legal-related topics.

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Please contact us to sign up for our mailing list and to learn more about the Center. Fill out the form below or give us a call: (202)662-1720. The Center does not provide direct legal representation and is unable to give legal advice.