Making the Legal System Work
for Children and Parents

Learn About High-Quality Representation

The Family Justice Initiative is a national collaborative of children’s attorneys, parents’ attorneys, educators, researchers, national policy advocates, and lived experience experts who share a common goal: to increase access to high-quality legal representation for children and parents in child welfare cases. It’s led by the ABA Center on Children and the Law, the Children’s Law Center of California, and the Washington State Office of Public Defense.


What is high-quality legal representation and how can it help families?

Partnering for Families

We are a national initiative working to improve legal representation for families across the United States.


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Our Founders

American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, Casey Family Programs, Center for Family Representation, and Children's Law Center of California

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What's New

Read recent news articles, research, and resources.

FJI Summer Newsletter

Welcome to the summer edition of the Family Justice Initiative newsletter. We hope you will find these resources helpful to your practice.

August 9, 2022

FJI Spring 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to the second newsletter of the Family Justice Initiative (FJI)! FJI is pleased to share an outcome report from demonstration sites that invested in high-quality legal representation for parents and children.

May 9, 2022

Reflections from ABA Center on Children and the Law Conferences

FJI Communications Committee Co-chairs Cathy Krebs and Kathleen Creamer share some overall thoughts on the themes presented during the annual conferences.

May 6, 2022