42nd National Child Welfare Law Conference

2019: Promoting Excellence, Building Community, Advancing Justice.

August 26–28 2019, in Anaheim, CA

The theme of the 2019 conference was the cornerstone of NACC’s 2019–2023 Strategic
Plan: Promoting Excellence, Building Community, Advancing Justice.

We gathered to Promote Excellence in legal representation. This year’s program provided opportunities to enhance individual legal advocacy, institutional law office management, as well as civil and appellate litigation. We set the standard for technical excellence for all children, parents, and agencies, recognized the hundreds of Child Welfare Law Specialists among us, and congratulated this year’s Outstanding Children’s Law Office: the Children’s Attorneys Project of The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada!

We gathered to Build Community among practitioners and advocates. Anaheim means “home by the Santa Ana River” and for many of us, attending the NACC conference was like coming home — a reunion of friends and colleagues from across the country which rejuvenates our spirits, strengthens our resolve, and expands our knowledge and thinking.

Last but not least, we gathered to Advance Justice for children and families. This was a pivotal moment for transformational change in practice and policy to keep children safely with family, to promote their well-being, and to ensure access to justice and equal protection for ALL children and families. The challenges are many, but the power of our collective advocacy can and will improve systems.

View the program from this conference as a PDF.

NACC Upcoming Conferences

The National Association of Counsel for Children has held a national conference every year since our our founding in 1977. Our conferences are a time for community, information-sharing, and dialogue as we redefine advocacy and support a movement to end racism and bias in child welfare. Join us!