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March Policy Updates

Thursday March 2, 2023

Pending Legislation Around the Country would Advance Children’s Right to Counsel

State legislatures in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma are considering legislation to ensure or expand right to counsel for children experiencing the child protection system. Read more about each in our latest Counsel for Kids update.

How do Counsel for Kids Promote Race Equity?

The Counsel for Kids campaign released a new video explaining nine ways providing attorneys for youth helps advance race equity. 

NACC Signs-On in Support of Legislation Supporting Youth and Justice

NACC signed on to legislation to protect sibling relationships, provide emergency SNAP benefits, stabilize foster care, establish a Children’s Interagency Coordinating Council, and end deadly no-knock warrants. NACC also joined the Act 4 Juvenile Justice Coalition’s letters to President Biden and congressional leaders.

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  • Call for Applications – NACC’s National Advisory Council on Children’s Legal Representation

    March 17, 2023

    What is the National Association of Counsel for Children, or NACC?   The National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) is a nonprofit advocacy and membership association that supports and trains...

  • February Policy Updates

    February 2, 2023

    Call for Public Comment on NACC Draft Policy Framework NACC seeks input on how it should advance justice for children, parents, and families. NACC invites members in good standing and...

  • January Policy Updates

    January 12, 2023

    Illinois and Montana Legislation to Advance Children’s Right to Counsel Governor Pritzker signed Illinois Senate Bill 1720 into law on January 9, requiring the Department of Children and Family Services to maximize...