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.
Redacted joint pretrial statement in an adoption (neglect) case from petitioner (via counsel), child (via GAL), biological mother (via counsel), and an unknown birth father (via counsel), and the government (via Assistant Attorney General).
Redacted consent motion for counsel’s leave to withdraw from an adoption (neglect) case.
Redacted notice that the court has issued and signed a final decree of adoption (neglect).
Redacted petition for adoption involving a child in the neglect system. Includes information sheet and DC vital records form.
Redacted consent of the biological mother in an adoption (neglect) case.
Redacted proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law for adoption (neglect).
Redacted example of a closing statement in an adoption (neglect) trial.
Redacted example of an opening statement in an adoption (neglect) trial, including citation for relevant DC Code.
Use this checklist as a suggested guide when you meet with your caregiver client for the first time.