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Educate Professionals & Families


Did you know?

  • There are hundreds of federal laws, local statutes, DC regulations and government policies that can be used to improve children’s lives.
  • Parents and relatives can be the first and most important advocates for their children.
  • Pediatricians, nurses and social workers can improve the health and safety of children if they know the laws and regulations that protect children.

How does CLC Educate Professionals and Families?

  • We train Children’s National Medical Center and Mary's Center medical staff to identify non-medical barriers to children’s health.
  • We train “surrogate parents” to advocate for special education services for foster children who live in group homes.
  • We have trained hundreds of judges, social workers, teachers, principals and other lawyers in matters that range from special education law and practice to representing child witnesses in criminal cases.
  • We teach foster, adoptive and kinship parents to advocate for their children in court, about the legal system and options for legal permanency.
  • We train court-appointed attorneys who represent children, caregivers and parents in abuse and neglect matters.
  • We maintain an on-line library of model pleadings, current legal research and social services resources for all DC family lawyers.
  • We train pro bono attorneys to represent foster parents, grandparents, and other caregivers who wish to adopt or to obtain legal custody or guardianship of children trapped in the DC child welfare system.
  • We train pro bono attorneys to represent parents of children with disabilities who are seeking education services for their children. 

Read more about our current event and training opportunities.

CLC's mission fits perfectly with our "KidsFirst" initiative at McDermott Will & Emery. Our lawyers participate in special education appeals, adoption matters and guardian ad litem work. The commitment and expertise of CLC's staff is extraordinary, and their training and ongoing mentoring are first-rate. This has become one of our broadest and deepest pro bono relationships firm-wide.

-H. Guy Collier
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Chair, CLC Board of Directors

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