Welcome to our resource library.
Children's Law Center publishes a number of materials for legal and non-legal audiences to gain a better understanding of issues related to DC's children and learn more about our work. Use the tabs below to select resources related to your interest area.
In addition to these materials, we also run a legal Helpline during regular business hours to provide information to DC residents and to assist attorneys representing children in DC’s Family Court. Through the Helpline, Children's Law Center attorneys provide legal information, advice and referrals on issues related to our work – child welfare, education, health care access, child custody, guardianship and adoption. The Helpline number is 202-467-4900 option 3. Hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.
Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, seniors and individuals with disabilities. Under the Affordable Care Act, low-income adults without children are now also eligible.
One of the greatest challenges for youth aging-out of foster care is identifying appropriate resources for obtaining quality mental health services.
A significant piece of legislation passed in 2010 called the Adoption Reform Amendment Act changed several of the laws around adoption and guardianship. The law includes provisions allowing for judicial enforcement of voluntarily-entered post-adoption contact agreements between adoptive and biological parents.
Attorneys in DC child welfare proceedings may litigate a variety of issues throughout their practice. This fact sheet summarizes the key legal findings and standards of proof that must be met at each stage of a case.
An extensive tip sheet on how to research criminal, civil, and domestic relations, domestic violence court records in DC Court. Also includes information about how to acquire court records from Maryland and Virginia.
A fact sheet with strategies and recommendations for service in custody cases. Sites relevant DC Code and includes resources that may help with service.
The Attendance Accountability Amendment Act of 2013 (L20-0017) became law on September 19, 2013. The law’s main provision requires stricter reporting of student absences by schools to various authorities. A summary of the law is included in this Fact Sheet.
Children are frequently called as witnesses in neglect, adoption, custody, and criminal trials. Attorneys working with child witnesses must consider the child’s stage of development, relationships, emotional state, and privacy when preparing these witnesses.
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