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, and national policy advocates 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.

Advocacy

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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Support our cause and join the initiative.

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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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Recent News and Resources

Read recent news articles, research, and resources.

Quality Legal Representation

High-quality legal representation for parents and children in child welfare proceedings has many benefits, including increased parental engagement, more frequent visitation, and better access to services.

March 4, 2020

Oped: Right to Representation in Noncriminal Cases

You can lose your kids, home and freedom without ever seeing a lawyer. It’s a profound injustice. Powerful op-ed from The Washington Post on the right to representation in noncriminal cases.

March 1, 2021

Trauma Exposure Response

As a child welfare attorney, you are regularly exposed to trauma. Check out this new resource on trauma exposure response for child welfare attorneys.

February 5, 2021