Allison Green, JD, CWLS

Legal Director

Contact Information

[email protected]

(202) 596-9251

Allison Green, JD, CWLS joined Team NACC in 2019. She manages the organization’s policy advocacy, oversees amicus work, and provides training and technical assistance to child welfare practitioners nationwide.  Allison previously served as a Foster America Fellow at Missouri’s Children’s Division and as Senior Supervising Attorney at the Children’s Law Center of Washington, D.C. Allison started her career as a Jesuit Volunteer at Legal Services for Children in San Francisco and also worked as a counselor at a youth shelter. She earned her law degree at Georgetown, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar and recipient of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic Public Service Awards. She is a certified Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS) and has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. She is currently licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C.


Core Competencies.” Chapter D.1 of Children’s Law Office Guidebook, 2nd Edition. National Association of Counsel for Children, 2023.

The Supreme Court Kept Children’s and Tribal Rights Top of Mind.” Co-authored with J. Feierman. Bloomberg Law, 2023.

Seeing Color: The Role of Dependency Courts in Dismantling Racism in Child Welfare.” Co-authored with B. Silverthorn and D. Kelly. Child and Family-Serving Systems: A Compendium of Policy and Practice. Volume 3, Part 2. Child Welfare League of America, 2023.

“Lawyers for Children.” Co-authored with K. Pisani-Jacques and C. Ramirez. Chapter 31 of Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and Agencies in Neglect, Abuse, and Dependency Cases (4th Edition). National Association of Counsel for Children, 2022.

Youth in Foster Care Articulate What They Need from Legal Counsel; Will Attorneys Respond?” Co-authored with K. Epps, Children’s Legal Rights Journal, Volume 41, Issue 1. Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, 2021.

Federal Financing Expands to Support High-Quality Legal Representation for Children, Parents.”  Children’s Voice, Child Welfare League of America, 2020.

Missouri’s Multidisciplinary Approach to Child Welfare Systems Transformation.” Children’s Bureau Express. Volume 19, Number 10. Dec. 2018/ Jan. 2019.

Advocacy Outside ‘The Life’: A Guide to Using Legal Services to Build a Public Systems Safety Net for Child Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation,” Co-authored with S. Tomkins, Children’s Legal Rights Journal, Volume 34, Issue 2. Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, 2014.

“Rx Law: Can Medical-Legal Partnerships Help Vulnerable Children?” childRIGHT, Pg. 22-25, May 2009.

“Policy and Practice Reform to Engage Non-Resident Fathers in Child Welfare Proceedings.” Child CourtWorks, American Bar Association, Volume 10, Issues 5 & 6. Aug/Sept. 2008.

“Permanency Through Collaboration Between Delinquency and Dependency Courts,” Co-authored with R. Pendleton, Child CourtWorks, American Bar Association, Vol. 10, Issue 2. May 2008.

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