American Bar Association
American Bar Association Confronts Anti-Black Discrimination in Child Welfare
The American Bar Association has called on legal professionals to come to terms with how the child welfare system’s racist roots continues to harm Black families.
New York Governor, Lawmakers To Decide If Family Court Attorneys Will Get a Raise After 18 Years
Last-minute budget negotiations between the New York statehouse and governor’s office could result in increasing Family Court attorneys’ pay for the first time in years.
Why We Use The Term ‘Emerging Adults’
As the criminal justice system begins to take into account the research into emerging adults, the field is slowly adjusting to how it treats them.
National Center for Youth Law’s Leecia Welch Wins Janet Reno Leadership Award
Leecia Welch, the National Center for Youth Law’s senior director of legal advocacy and child welfare, has been awarded the Janet Reno Endowment Women’s Leadership Award.
American Bar Association Calls for an End to ‘Criminalizing Childhood’
The American Bar Association is pushing the nation’s juvenile justice systems to improve the treatment of children accused of crimes.
New York May Soon Bar the Shackling of Children in Family Court
New York is poised to prohibit the use of handcuffs, shackles, straitjackets and other hardware restraints on those 21 and younger appearing in family court.
Attorney David Kelly Leaves the Children’s Bureau
David Kelly, an attorney who helped expand the federal investment in legal support for parents and children involved in child welfare cases, left his post as special assistant to the associate commissioner of the Children’s Bureau this week.
Bar Association Report: Funding Shifts Greatly Affect Legal Counsel for Kids, Parents
Research has shown that quality legal representation on behalf of all parties in the child welfare system improves the outcome for children and families alike. But until now, little research has been conducted on just how funding affects the ability to provide quality legal services.
New Funding Rule Aims to Boost Effectiveness of Legal Counsel in Dependency Cases
In late 2018, the U.S. Children’s Bureau opened up the federal tap for an oft-underfunded corner of the child welfare system: legal counsel for parents, or children, involved in dependency court cases.