Article by ABA: Twenty Years of Progress in Advocating for a Child’s Right to Counsel

By Amy Harfeld – March 22, 2019 There is much work to be done before the promise of full legal rights for dependent children is realized. Recent disturbing headlines focusing on the trauma and injustice of separating children from their parents at the border ushered unexpected but welcome public scrutiny of the obvious injustice of these vulnerable families…

From Chronicle of Social Change: Top New York Judge Endorses Call to Address “Crisis” in Parent Legal Representation

Just months after a new offer of federal funding to help represent parents in child welfare cases, a commission established by New York’s chief judge has called for statewide guarantees of well-funded legal counsel and a state-level office to ensure that promise is being lived up to. Top New York Judge Endorses Call to Address…

Letter from ABA President Robert Carlson to Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services re: Title IV-E Funds

February 19, 2019 – “ABA President Robert Carlson sends letter to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services commending the recent decision to open up Title IV-E funds for state investments in children’s and parents’ attorneys in child welfare proceedings.”