Author: counselforkids

The C4K Cheat Code Revealed: Collaborative Champions and Centering Lived Expertise

The momentum around Counsel for Kids (C4K) continued to grow during the 2022 legislative session, thanks to strong legislative champions and lived experience experts.   Dedicated policy advocates buoyed C4K Campaign efforts in Colorado and Indiana this year.  In each state, diverse coalitions of youth with lived experience in the child protection system, attorneys, foster parents, […]

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 […]

Counsel for Kids Campaign Update – Spring 2022

The Counsel for Kids (C4K) Campaign continues to grow – expanding state coalitions, evolving partnerships, increasing media visibility, improving public awareness, and enhancing tools and resources to influence policymakers.Youth should be seen, heard, and represented: watch our new video. Technical Assistance (TA) Requests In addition to ongoing technical assistance in Florida, Idaho, Indiana, and South Carolina, […]

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 […]