Author: counselforkids

Alaska Foster Youth Get More Input in their Cases

Alaska foster youth will soon have more of a say in what happens with their cases.  In early April, the Alaska Supreme Court passed Order No. 1979, which amends court rules to allow foster youth the ability to attend hearings and have court-appointed attorneys argue their own wishes in their cases…. Under the new order, youth in […]

NACC & Partners Deliver Sign-on Letter Showing Broad Support for Legal Counsel

The National Association of Counsel for Children and partners recently delivered a letter to Congress endorsing access to legal counsel for children and parents in child welfare proceedings through Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) reauthorization. Signed by over 750 individuals and organizations, the letter encompasses widespread support from nearly every corner of the child welfare field, including […]

Counsel for Kids Rings in 2022 with Legislative Action in 3 States

The Counsel for Kids campaign rang in the New Year with the melody of multi-state legislative action to advance children’s right to counsel.  Three states have made children’s legal representation a priority area for policy development.    In Florida, Senator Lauren Book sponsored SB 948 in a renewed effort to establish a Statewide Office of Child Representation and guarantee counsel for children in licensed foster care homes.  […]

‘It’s important for kids to have a voice’: FL lawmakers propose mandatory lawyer for foster children

When it comes to court, it’s every foster child for themselves in some Florida counties. Florida is one of 14 states that does not guarantee a foster child will get a lawyer during court proceedings, according to the National Association of Counsel for Children. “A lot of these kids — they’ve been abused and neglected,” […]

Children in foster care don’t always get an attorney in Indiana. That could change.

A bill before Indiana lawmakers could require juvenile judges to appoint attorneys for children in the foster care system. Senate Bill 180 would require a judge to appoint an attorney to represent cases involving children in need of services (CHINS) and termination of parental rights (TPR). Currently, a judge can choose whether to appoint an attorney to represent a […]

Indiana lawmakers consider bill to appoint all children experiencing foster care an attorney

The Indiana Senate is considering a bill that would provide counsel for youth experiencing foster care in Indiana. SB 180 advanced unanimously through the Family and Children Services Committee and now moves to the Appropriations Committee. “Children really need a team, and a complete team, that ensures that their legal rights are protected,” said Joshua […]

Florida Senator Lauren Book’s child welfare bill advances in committee

Florida children in certain kinds of proceedings would automatically be appointed an attorney under this legislation. Sen. Lauren Book’s bill that would guarantee an attorney is appointed for children in the state’s care advanced in committee Tuesday — but not before the bill drew heartbreaking testimony both for and against. The Senate Democratic Leader’s legislation (SB 948) […]