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 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.
Form to enter your appearance with the court in a neglect case.
Youth in foster care should not be restricted or isolated from social and recreational activities that are healthy and developmentally appropriate for their age. The federal "Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014" amended the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) to include provisions about supporting "normalcy" for foster youth as well as new requirements surrounding APPLA goals.
Below you will find Children's Law Center's comprehensive Caregiver Custody Training Manual, broken up into its component tabs, which you can download individually at the bottom of the page.
A series of PowerPoint presentations developed by Children's Law Center on representing caregivers in custody cases as a pro bono attorney in the District of Columbia.
Children's Law Center's comprehensive Caregiver Representation Training Manual. The manual was developed for pro bono attorneys and it is distributed at our live trainings. Follow the link to see the manual's component tabs.
A series of PowerPoint presentations developed by Children's Law Center on representing caregivers in permanency cases as a pro bono attorney in the District of Columbia.
These six training videos provide an overview of caregiver representation in the District of Columbia, including adoption, guardianship and custody matters.