ABA Policies

Each year ABA entities present policy proposals to the ABA House of Delegates. Those policies are debated and voted on by the Association’s more than 400,000 members. Policy proposals that pass the House of Delegates reflect the voice of the legal profession on complex legal issues. The following ABA policies address child and youth law topics. Many were produced collaboratively by the Center on Children and the Law and the Commission on Youth at Risk in addition to other ABA entities. We encourage you to use these policies to bolster your advocacy for children, youth and families.

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Policies in Date Order (1979-2014)

ABA Policy 115, August 2020

ABA Policy Resolution 115 recognizes effective reforms of legal systems that affect the rights of children require active participation by individuals who experienced those systems as children and youth. It encourages the legal community address any barriers to that participation in reform and advocacy efforts. 

ABA House of Delegates Video

A video recording of Commission Members Dafna Gozani and Lily Colby presenting ABA Resolution 115 before the ABA House of Delegates on August 3, during the 2020 Annual meeting. Thank you Dafna and Lily and everyone in the larger community who called for this resolution. 

 

Attorneys

Accreditation

Bar Activities

Agency/Government Representation

Child Representation

Parent Representation

Abuse and Neglect

Child Trauma

Trauma-Informed, Evidence-Based Practices for Justice-Involved Children and Youth, Feb. 2014

Child Victims

Evidence

Racial Disparities

System Reform

Treatment

Custody and Support

Custody

Mediation

Support

Visitation

Family Integrity/Unity

Foster Care and Adoption

Caregivers

Indian Child Welfare Act

International Adoption

Interstate Placements

Schools

Special Issues

System Reform

Health

Child Trauma

Trauma-Informed, Evidence-Based Practices for Justice-Involved Children and Youth, Feb. 2014

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Health Care

HIV/AIDS

Psychotropic Medication

Substance Abuse

Immigration

Juvenile Justice

Adjudication

Appellate Representation

Legal Reform

Juvenile Rights

Miranda Warnings

Sentencing

Special Issues

Violence Exposure

Schools

Corporal Punishment

Disabilities

Discipline

Right to Education

School-to-Prison Pipeline

Violence

Uniform Acts and Conventions

Adoption

Abduction/Kidnapping

Artificial Insemination

Children of War

Children's Rights

Custody

Fathers

Guardianship

Pornography/Prostitution

Support