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These results are current as of: March 8, 2014
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.
To search for child-welfare related national organizations by topic, use the Related Organizations Search at http://www.childwelfare.gov/organizations/search.cfm.
- National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues - http://www.abanet.org/child/rclji/home.html
- Grandfamilies State Law & Policy Resource Center - http://grandfamilies.org/
- Center for Professional Responsibility - http://www.americanbar.org/groups/professional_responsibility.html
- ABA Section of Family Law - http://www.abanet.org/family/home.html
- Standards of Practice for Attorneys.... - http://www.abanet.org/child/clp/ParentStds.pdf
- Child Welfare - http://www.clasp.org/issues?type=child_welfare
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 http://ccfl.unl.edu/services/training/.
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.
The Resource Center is a collaboration between Casey Family Programs, the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law, and Generations United.
- Kinship Navigator Programs - http://www2.grandfamilies.org/KinshipNavigatorPrograms.aspx
- Foster Care Licensing - http://www2.grandfamilies.org/FosterCareLicensing.aspx
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.
The LII provides Federal and State information involving Adoption, Child Custody, and other Family Law topics. This includes links to full-text laws.
- Become a Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist - http://www.naccchildlaw.org/?page=Certification
- Adoption and Child Welfare LawSite - http://www.adoptionlawsite.com/
- Foster Youth Advocacy Center - http://www.adoptionchildwelfarelaw.org/youth_project.php
- National Juvenile Court Data Archive - http://www.ncjj.org/Projects/National_Juvenile_Court_Data_Archive.aspx
- State Statutes - http://www.ndaa.org/ncpca_state_statutes.html
- Adoption from Foster Care - https://www.adoptioncouncil.org/adoption-out-of-foster-care/overview.html
- Intercountry Adoption - https://www.adoptioncouncil.org/areas-of-focus/
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.
- Our Work - http://www.ncjfcj.org/our-work
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.
- NGA State Affiliates - http://www.guardianship.org/state_affiliates.htm
- Center for Guardianship Certification - http://www.guardianshipcert.org/
- Guardianship Standards - http://www.guardianship.org/guardianship_standards.htm
The QIC-ChildRep is a collaboration between the U.S. Children's Bureau and the University of Michigan Law School.
- QIC BEST PRACTICE MODEL OF CHILD REPRESENTATION - http://improvechildadvocacy.org/DemonstrationProjects/QICChildRepBestPracticeModel.aspx
The NRC4Tribes is a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Areas of focus include permanency decision-making, adherence to the Adoption and Safe Families Act and other Federal laws, the court's role in the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) and child welfare reform, high quality legal representation for all parties, performance measurement for courts, data exchange between child welfare agencies and courts, judicial leadership, education needs of children in foster care, and legal ethics.
The NRCLJI is a funded by the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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.
- Human Trafficking - http://www.dhs.gov/topic/human-trafficking
- Statistics and Reports - http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextchannel=7c579589cdb76210VgnVCM100000b92ca60aRCRD
- Center on Youth Justice - http://www.vera.org/centers/youth-justice
- Children, Youth, and Families - http://www.vera.org/topics/children-youth-and-family
- Immigration - http://www.vera.org/topics/immigration
- Children and Youth - http://womensrefugeecommission.org/programs/youth
- Adolescent Girls - http://womensrefugeecommission.org/programs/adolescent-girls
- Migrant Rights & Justice - http://womensrefugeecommission.org/programs/migrant-rights
- Disabilities - http://womensrefugeecommission.org/programs/disabilities
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.
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.
- Just Beginning - http://www.justbeginning.org/
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