Organizations Providing Information on Child Welfare and the Law
Series: Related Organizations Lists
Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway
Organizations that provide information on child welfare legal issues for legal, court, and agency professionals serving children and families. If you are aware of any others, please contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at OrganizationUpdates@childwelfare.gov. Inclusion on this list is for information purposes and does not constitute an endorsement by Child Welfare Information Gateway or the Children's Bureau.
ABA Center on Children and the Law
1050 Connecticut Ave. N.W
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Phone: (202) 662-1000
Fax: (202) 662-1755
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
859 Riverside Drive
Greenwood, Indiana 46142
Phone: (317) 407-8422
The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) is a national membership association of attorneys who practice, or have otherwise distinguished themselves, in the field of adoption law. AAAA works to promote the reform of adoption laws and to disseminate information on ethical adoption practices. Their Membership Directory, including members from the U. S. and Canada, lists attorneys who are well versed in the complexities of adoption law as well as interstate and international regulations regarding adoption.
American Adoption Congress
1030 15th St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Phone: (202) 483-3399
Phone: (800) 888-7970
The American Adoption Congress (AAC) is an international network of individuals and organizations committed to honesty and openness in adoption and to reforms that protect all of those involved from abuse or exploitation. Membership is open to adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, professionals, and all others who share a commitment to the AAC's goals.
American Bar Association Family Law Section
Family Law Section
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Phone: (202) 662-1000
Phone: (312) 988-5145
Phone: (202) 662-1000
Toll-Free: (800) 285-2221
Fax: (312) 988-6800
The American Bar Association Family Law Section was organized to improve the administration of justice in the field of family law. Areas such as divorce, custody, adoption, alimony, and support are within the scope of the Family Law Section, as are emerging issues such as third party parental rights, marital torts, Federal and interstate legislation, mediation, and the complicated questions of paternity, perinatal drug addiction, bankruptcy to deprive divorcing spouses of property, and genetic engineering. The Web site has a special section devoted to "General Public Resources," including frequently asked questions and "how to find an attorney."
Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children
1101 Wilson Blvd
American Public Human Services Association
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone: (202) 682-0100
Fax: (202) 289-6555
The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children is a uniform State law establishing a contract among party States to ensure that children placed across state lines receive adequate protection and services. The primary function of the ICPC is to protect the interests of both the children and the States by requiring that certain procedures be followed in the interstate placement of children who are being adopted, placed with relatives, or going into residential care or foster family homes.
Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance
727 15th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
Phone: (202) 403-7937
The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance facilitates the administration of the ICAMA. The Compact is the legal mechanism by which member States regulate and coordinate the interstate delivery of services to children with special needs who are adopted pursuant to adoption assistance agreements. Along with advocating State participation in the ICAMA, the Association provides technical and legal assistance, education and training, and materials on practice and policy issues.
Center for Law and Social Policy
1200 18th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Phone: (202) 906-8000
Fax: (202) 842-2885
The Center for Law and Social Policy's work is concentrated on family policy and access to civil legal assistance for low-income families. Family policy projects include welfare reform, child welfare, and couples and marriage.
Center for Tribes
2148 S. High Street
University of Denver, Craig Hall
Graduate School of Social Work
Denver, Colorado 80208-7101
Phone: (303) 871-4178
Toll-Free: (800) 871- 8702
The Center for Tribes collaborates with American Indian and Alaska Native Nations to help strengthen Tribal child and family systems and services in order to nurture the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families.The Center for Tribes provides assistance focused on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), Tribal title IV-E programs (either direct title IV-E or through Tribal-State Agreements), and continuous quality improvement and data systems.
Center on Children, Families, and the Law
206 South 13th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0227
Phone: (402) 472-3479
The mission of the Center on Children, Families, and the Law is to conduct research, analyze policy, and provide education and community service related to child and family policy and law. The purpose of the Center's activities is to enhance the well-being of children, youth, and families. Training Specific:
The Center provides competency-based case management training to child protection and safety workers and juvenile services officers employed by the Nebraska Health and Human Services System (NHHSS). The training covers a broad scope of services including: training needs assessment; assessment of worker performance; training development and delivery (pre-service, in-service, and specialized); and training evaluation. For additional information, see Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Protection and Safety Workforce.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
330 C Street, S.W
Washington, District of Columbia 20201
Toll-Free: (800) 394-3366
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects professionals and the general public to information and resources targeted to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families.
A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to programs, research, laws and policies, training resources, statistics, and much more.
Family and Youth Law Center (FYLaw)
Capital University Law School
303 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 236-6730
Fax: (614) 236-6958
The Family and Youth Law Center at Capital University Law School (FYLaw) works within child welfare, adoption, and juvenile justice systems to support positive outcomes for children, youth, and families. Established in 1998 as the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy, FYLaw partners with local, State, and national agencies and organizations in collaborations aimed at improving the laws, policies, and practices associated with child protection, adoption, and juvenile justice systems. Over the past few years, FYLaw has expanded the services it provides beyond advocacy, training, and education to include direct representation of systems-involved youth. FYLaw launched the Foster Youth Advocacy Center (FYAC) to provide civil legal services to young adults transitioning out of the child welfare system and families at risk of systems involvement.
Grandfamilies.org serves as a national legal resource created to educate individuals about State laws and legislation in support of grandfamilies and to assist interested State legislators, advocates, caregivers, attorneys, and other policymakers in exploring policy options to support relatives and the children in their care both within and outside the child welfare system.
Grandfamilies.org is a collaboration between Casey Family Programs, the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law, and Generations United.
Lawyers for Children America
151 Farmington Avenue, RW61
Hartford, Connecticut 06156-3124
Phone: (860) 273-0441
Fax: (860) 273-8340
Lawyers for Children America (LFCA) is an advocacy organization that protects the rights of children who are victims of abuse, abandonment, and neglect by providing pro bono legal representation and collaborating for systemic change to improve the lives of children.
Legal Center for Foster Care & Education
American Bar Association, Center on Children & the Law
740 15th Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
Fax: (202) 662-1755
The Legal Center for Foster Care & Education (Legal Center FCE) serves as a national technical assistance resource and information clearinghouse on legal and policy matters affecting the education of children in the foster care system. The Legal Center FCE provides expertise to States and constituents, facilitates networking to advance promising practices and reforms, and provides technical assistance and training to respond to the ever-growing demands for legal support and guidance.
The Legal Center FCE is a collaboration between Casey Family Programs and the ABA Center on Children and the Law, in conjunction with the Education Law Center-PA and the Juvenile Law Center.
Legal Information Institute
477 Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, New York 14853
The Legal Information Institute (LII) is a research and electronic publishing activity of the Cornell Law School. The Institute publishes electronic versions of core materials in numerous areas of the law both online and packaged for download.
The LII provides Federal and State information involving Adoption, Child Custody, and other Family Law topics. This includes links to full-text laws.
National Association of Counsel for Children
1600 Downing Street
Denver, Colorado 80218
Phone: (303) 864-5320
Toll-Free: (888) 828-NACC
Fax: (303) 864-5351
The National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) works to improve the legal protection and representation of children by training and educating child advocates and by effecting policy and legal systems change. The NACC sponsors conferences and seminars on important issues confronting child advocates and files amicus curiae briefs in selected court cases affecting children. The Association also has a legislative agenda, a national child advocate awards program, and a speakers bureau.
National Center for Juvenile Justice
3700 South Water Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203
Phone: (412) 227-6950
Fax: (412) 227-6955
The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) is the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). NCJJ is a resource for independent and original research on topics related directly and indirectly to the field of juvenile justice.
National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse
1400 Crystal Drive
Alexandria, Virginia 22202
Phone: (703) 549-9222
Fax: (703) 836-3195
The National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse (NCPCA) was established by the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). The Center is a central resource for training, expert legal assistance, court reform efforts, and state-of-the art information on criminal child abuse investigations and prosecutions. The NCPCA promotes the prosecution and conviction of child abusers by offering information, training, technical assistance, and referral services to prosecutors involved in child abuse litigation. The Center also compiles State criminal statutes in selected topic areas.
National Center for State Courts
300 Newport Avenue
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
Toll-Free: (800) 616-6164
Fax: (757) 220-0449
The National Center for State Courts is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of the justice system. NCSC accomplishes its mission by providing leadership and service to State courts, helping them improve the administration of justice and better serve the public. Leadership activities include developing policies to enhance State courts, advancing the interests of State courts within the Federal Government, fostering State court adaptation to future changes, securing sufficient resources for State courts, strengthening State court leadership, facilitating State court collaboration, and providing a model for organizational administration.
National Center for Youth Law
405 14th Street
Oakland, California 94612-2701
Fax: (501) 835-8099
TTY: (510) 835-8098
The National Center for Youth Law is a private, nonprofit law office offering assistance to attorneys and organizations seeking legal remedies to protect children from the harms of poverty. The Center works to protect abused and neglected children, expand health care for children and youth, secure public benefits to meet their special needs, and improve child support collection. The Center produces the annual Foster Care Reform Litigation Docket.
National Conference of State Legislatures
7700 East First Place
Denver, Colorado 80230
Phone: (303) 364-7700
Phone: (202) 624-5400
Fax: (303) 364-7800
Fax: (202) 737-1069
The National Conference of State Legislatures promotes information sharing by tracking legislation and policy issues in State legislatures and the effect of Federal initiatives on the States. The NCSL offers information, publications, conferences, consulting services, and professional development seminars. The NCSL also advocates for the States by lobbying, testifying, and collaborating on Capitol Hill.
National Council For Adoption
225 North Washington Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-2561
Phone: (703) 299-6633
The National Council For Adoption promotes the well-being of children, birthparents, and adoptive families by informing policy leaders, the media, social service providers, and the public about the positive option of adoption. The Council is a charitable membership organization with a variety or functions: a think tank for adoption awareness and information, a provider of public information and education, and an advocate for adoption.
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
PO Box 8970
Reno, Nevada 89507
Phone: (775) 507-4777
Fax: (775) 507-4848
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is dedicated to improving the court system's handling of juvenile and family matters through applied research, technical assistance, and continuing education of judges and juvenile justice professionals on family violence, child abuse and neglect, and child protection and custody.
With funding from the Packard Foundation and the U. S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, the NCJFCJ's "Greenbook Initiative" (Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice
) includes recommendations to help child welfare and domestic violence agencies and family courts work together more effectively to help families experiencing violence. Many sites around the country have used it to improve their policies and practices. See http://www.thegreenbook.info/
for more information about this initiative.
National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association
100 West Harrison Street
North Tower, Suite 500
Seattle, Washington 98119
Phone: (206) 774-7250
Toll-Free: (800) 628-3233
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 933 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates empowered directly by the courts offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child's rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
P.O. Box 6000
1600 Research Boulevard
Rockville, Maryland 20849-6000
Phone: (800) 851-3420
Phone: (202) 836-6998
Fax: (301) 240-5830
TTY: (301) 240-6310
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a Federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.
NCJRS is a collection of clearinghouses supporting all the bureaus of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs. It also supports the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
National Guardianship Association, Inc.
174 Crestview Drive
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 16823
Phone: (877) 326-5992
Fax: (814) 355-2452
The mission of the National Guardianship Association (NGA) is to provide educational, training, and networking opportunities for guardians and about guardianship. NGA strives to promote national standards and ethics for guardianship.
National Institute of Justice
810 7th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20531
Phone: (202) 307-2942
The National Institute of Justice is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. The Institute researches crime control and justice issues, and provides evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, mostly at the State and local levels.
National Law Center for Children and Families
305 Harrison St SE
Leesburg, Virginia 20175
Phone: (703) 548-5522
Fax: (703) 548-5544
The National Law Center for Children and Families (NLC) provides legal assistance, training, and education regarding obscenity and child pornography laws that protect children and communities.
National Legal Aid & Defender Association
1901 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
Phone: (202) 452-0620
Fax: (202) 872-1031
The National Legal Aid & Defender Association provides support, technical assistance, services, and advocacy for public and pro bono justice system professionals who serve primarily low-income clients, families, and communities.
National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System
University of Michigan Law School
701 South State Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1215
Phone: (734) 763-5000
Fax: (734) 647-4042
The QIC-ChildRep works to improve both the quality and quantity of competent legal representation for children and youth in child welfare cases. The QIC will gather, develop and communicate knowledge on child representation, promote consensus on the role of the childâ€™s legal representative, and provide an empirically-based analyses of how legal representation for the child might best be delivered to ensure the child's safety, well-being, and permanence.
The QIC-ChildRep is a collaboration between the U.S. Children's Bureau and the University of Michigan Law School.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Information and Customer Service Division MS 2260
111 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20529-2260
Toll-Free: (877) 247-4645
Toll-Free: (800) 375-5283
TDD: (800) 767-1833
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.
USCIS provides accurate and useful information to customers, grants immigration and citizenship benefits, promotes an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensures the integrity of the immigration system.
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway34 35th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11232
Phone: (213) 223-2442
Phone: (212) 334-1300
The Vera Institute of Justice combines expertise in research, demonstration projects, and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.
Women's Refugee Commission
15 West 37th St
New York, New York 10018
Phone: (212) 551-3115
The mission of the Women's Refugee Commission is to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. The Commission researches their needs, identifies solutions, and advocates for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice.
Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights (The)
2245 S. MICHIGAN AVE.
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Phone: (773) 360-8920
The mission of the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights is to promote the best interests - safety, permanency and well-being - of unaccompanied immigrant children according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Center offers a model through which Young Center attorneys, who have experience in immigration and child welfare law, recruit, train and supervise bilingual law and social work students as well as lay volunteers, who are assigned to serve as Child Advocates (guardians ad litem) for individual unaccompanied children. The Young Center also advocates for policy change at the local and national level.
The Young Center is part of the legal clinic at the University of Chicago Law School as an independent project.
Youth Law Center
832 Folsom St
San Francisco, California 94107
Phone: (415) 543-3379
Fax: (415) 956-9022
The Youth Law Center works to protect children in the nation's foster care and juvenile justice systems from abuse and neglect, and to ensure that they receive the necessary support and services to become healthy and productive adults.
The Center's efforts have focused on strengthening families and advocating for education, medical and mental health, legal support, and transition services needed to assure children's success in care and in the community.