Title IV-E Prevention Services CLEARINGHOUSE

The Title IV- E Prevention Services Clearinghouse was established by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct an objective and transparent review of research on programs and services intended to provide enhanced support to children and families and prevent foster care placements. View…

Child Welfare Policy Manual Update

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families updates the Child Welfare Policy Manual making clear that federal IV-E reimbursement for the costs of independent legal representation for parents and children is available to tribes administering Title IV-E programs. Child Welfare Policy Manual, Section 8.1B, Question 31.  

Administration for Children and Families Information Memorandum

In a new Information Memorandum highlighting the importance of family and youth voice in a well-functioning child welfare system, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families identifies high-quality legal representation for children and parents as one of the key principles in its call to action to child welfare agencies, dependency courts, and court…

By Kevin Penton: Why An Attorney May Not Be Enough In Child Welfare Cases

Jason Bragg was confused. He felt angry. But more than anything, he wanted his son back. Bragg said he believes the reunification would have taken far longer had he not received guidance from the Parents Representation Program, a service for low-income parents operating out of Washington state’s Office of Public Defense. Read the full article…

US: Legal representation is essential for abused children – and smart for states

Children are the vulnerable parties in child abuse and neglect cases, with every aspect of their lives at stake when they face removal from their families or enter a courtroom. Dependency courts dramatically shape a child’s future and have complete authority over the children in their custody. Read the full article here.

New York Child Welfare Advocates Want Parents to Have Representation When Their Children Are Removed

“I would have liked an attorney from day one, not just when I landed in court. It would have been a little better,” Montauban said. Child welfare reform advocates agree, and are forming an alliance of activists and practitioners to advocate for more timely representation statewide for parents accused of abusing or neglecting their children….

First Star Institute & the Children’s Advocacy Institute Release Latest Edition of “A Child’s Right to Counsel,” a Report on Nationwide Effort to Guarantee Legal Protections for Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases

Link to the report and related articles: Full Report Executive Summary Press Release Article from the Chronicle of Social Change

Right to Counsel Map

Interactive map with a 50-state view of the latest civil right to counsel activities, the status of civil right to counsel law by type of case (child welfare, paternity, guardianship, etc.), the efforts in which the NCCRC is involved, or the states where NCCRC has a presence.   View the Right to Counsel Map

Giving Parents a Voice: The Legal Representation of Indigent Parents in Child Welfare Cases

Fostering Justice: Children Need Lawyers