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

Why Children and Youth Need Lawyers in Dependency Cases

FJI Executive Team Member, Prudence Beidler Carr, to moderate congressional briefing on right to counsel for families in child welfare cases.

The Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth and the Congressional Caucus on Crime Prevention and Youth Development invite you to join us for a briefing on Right to Counsel in Child Abuse and Neglect Dependency Cases Tuesday, June 4, 2019  11:00 am to Noon Rayburn House Office Building, Rm. 2325  More than 430,000 US children have…

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Providing Parents with Interdisciplinary Legal Representation in Child Welfare Cases Significantly Reduces the Time Children Stay in Foster Care Without Compromising Child Safety, New Study Finds.

Evaluation of parental representation in New York, which was funded by the generous support of Casey Family Programs and undertaken with New York University and Action Research is officially published. This was a multi-year study of child welfare cases brought in the New York City courts to determine whether the kind of legal representation provided…

By Yasmeen Khan: Family Separations in Our Midst

In November 2017, less than a week before Thanksgiving, Tonia Lovell picked up her toddler, Eliana, from daycare in the early evening and returned to the house where she was staying with her brother in Brooklyn. The living situation was not ideal, and Lovell had tried twice to get into a family shelter in the…

By Vivek Sankaran: The Two Worlds of Legal Representation

September 13, 2018 A few weeks ago, a close friend came home from work surprised to find the business card of a Child Protective Services (“CPS”) worker wedged inside his door. No letter, or even a handwritten note, accompanied the card. Being uncertain what the card signified, he called the worker, only to learn that…