Logo of the National Association of Counsel for Children
Founded in 1977, the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) works to improve the quality of legal representation of children in dependency, delinquency, and family law cases. NACC is a non-profit charitable and professional membership organization headquartered in the Kempe Center on the campus of the Children's Hospital in Colorado.
NACC has more-than-2,000 members include attorneys that represent children in juvenile court and family court, as well as judges and other professionals in related fields.
NACC is active in shaping legislation and policy for judicial proceedings involving children, including victims of abuse and neglect in delinquency proceedings, as juvenile offenders, as subjects of custody, visitation and adoption proceedings, and as participants in civil damages litigation.
Additionally, the NACC has certified more than 400 family law attorneys as Child Welfare Law Specialists in 33 jurisdictions.
The benefits of membership in the NACC include:
The NACC certification program is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). NACC's certification program has been endorsed by the Conference of Chief Justices/Conference of State Court Administrators (CCJ/COSCA) and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ).
The NACC's Child Welfare Law Certification is available to attorneys who serve as a representative in child protection proceedings as:
The specialization area as approved by the ABA is defined as "the practice of law representing children, parents or the government in all child protection proceedings including emergency, temporary custody, adjudication, disposition, foster care, permanency planning, termination, guardianship, and adoption."
In most states, only board-certified child welfare lawyers may advertise as specialists in that area of the law.
The requirements to become a Child Welfare Law Specialist are available to attorneys who represent children, parents, and agencies in child abuse, neglect, and dependency cases. Requirements for the program include:
Contact InformationNational Association of Counsel for Children
This article was last updated on December 27, 2019.