Kim Daulton, Children’s Law Center’s (CLC) director of social work, draws a straight line on a piece of paper. Under it, she draws one with squiggles, backtracking and detours. Daulton’s doodle is quick, but it effectively illustrates the nature of social work, because, as she describes, “social work is not a ‘straight shot.’”

Washington Post: D.C. officials move closer to overhauling school discipline policy

Students of color, students with disabilities and students in the foster care system are disproportionately suspended and expelled every day. This ineffective form of punishment fosters a cycle of misbehaving and missing critical hours in school. When more students are suspended, studies show ALL students’ academic achievement suffers. That's why Children’s Law Center supports the Student Fair Access to School legislation so all students can stay engaged and learning. The Washington Post's Perry Stein recently sat down with CLC Policy Director Sharra Greer to discuss the topic:

2016 Helping Children Soar Benefit

Annual Helping Children Soar Benefit

Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant

September 20, 2016 from 6 pm to 9 pm


20 years. 30,000 kids. Impact that reverberates across generations. None of this would have been possible without YOU -- our thousands of donors, friends and champions dedicated to improving the lives of DC's children.

Thank you to Benefit Co-chairs Wendy and Fred Goldberg, Honorary Co-chair The Honorable Mary Landrieu and special guest Chief Judge Lee Satterfield -- and hundreds of our friends, supporters and champions at the 2016 Helping Children Soar benefit. The Honorable Eric Holder was also an Honorary Co-chair. 

On this special 20th anniversary evening, Children's Law Center renewed it's commitment to DC's children and proudly honored Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP with the 2016 Children’s Pro Bono Champion Award.

*The firms marked below with an asterisk participate in the DC Access to Justice Commission's Raising the Bar in DC Campaign.

Host Committee

Jan W. and Kathryn Kavanagh Baran
John T. Bentivoglio
Charles Berk
Diane Bernstein
Ann Cammack
Gregory B. Craig
A. Patrick Doyle and Elizabeth Downes
Evan and Amanda Farber
Joseph C. Figini and Jason Denby
Vicki and Michael Foster
Justin Gray
Steven K. Heger and Carla Enterline-Heger
Mary Anne Hilliard
Aimee Imundo
Karen Marangi
Daune McDevitt
Franklin McLarty
Carmen and Carson McLean
J.B. and Kate Meek
Evan Miller and Nancy Hedin
Ron Morgan
Amy Nyhuis
Reza and Yasmine Pahlavi
Don and Olwen Pongrace
Robert Raben
Kathy and Tom Raffa
Alan Raul and Mary Tinsley Raul
Theodore D. Segal and Joyce Wasserstein
Zelda Segal
Cliff Sloan and Mary Lou Hartman
Nancy and Simon Sidamon-Eristoff
Page and Howard Smith
Katie and Dick Snowdon
Stephen J. Teach and Elizabeth B. Jewett
Mariella Trager
Deborah A. Wilson and Anthony Herman
Chris Wright and Becky Troth

Benefit Sponsors

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September 20, 2016

Testimony: Public Roundtable on the Value of Investing in Trauma-Informed Public Schools

Children's Law Center testified before the Council Education Committee about childhood trauma in DC, how trauma affects learning, and how DC's public school system should respond. We note that education reforms in the District will not fully succeed if schools do not address the trauma that students bring with them to class. In addition, we provide policy recommendations to make DC schools more trauma sensitive.

Washington Post: D.C. Council will consider law to strengthen prevention of lead poisoning in homes

The Washington Post's Terrence McCoy recently wrote that safety measures to ensure that children are protected from the dangers of lead poisoning while living in District homes may soon become a lot more stringent. At CLC, we believe that every child deserves a safe, healthy home.

CLC senior policy attorney Anne Cunnigham chatted with Terrence about why this type of legislation is so critical.


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