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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.

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

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

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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.

A good attorney can be hard to find for parents in the child welfare system. A new program could help.

If Senate Bill 907 and House Bill 1017 are passed into law they would create the Family Representation and Advocacy Program housed in a central office under the Administrative Office of the Courts. The program would supervise lawyers, oversee training, manage caseloads and compensation and issue standards of practice for attorneys representing children, indigent parents,…

April 5, 2023

Video: Advancing Race Equity

NACC’s Counsel for Kids campaign has released a new video explaining nine ways providing attorneys for youth helps advance race equity. 

March 9, 2023

Providing High Quality Legal Representation in Child Welfare Cases Provides Better Outcomes for Kids

Judge Fransein touches on better outcomes for children with lawyers and proposed legislation to create a centralized office to remove the barriers that currently exist for children and parents to obtain high-quality legal representation.

March 3, 2023