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American Bar Association Children and the Law
Provides publications, web site links and general information on a variety of children’s issues.

Center for Adolescent Health and the Law, Advocates for Youth
The Center for Adolescent Health & the Law works to create a legal and policy environment that promotes the health of adolescents and their access to health care. The Center represents a single entity with comprehensive and crosscutting expertise on the legal and policy issues that affect adolescents' health and their ability to obtain essential health services.

Center for the Future of Children, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
This Foundation issues an important quarterly publication, "The Future of Children," that addresses critical issues in the field. For example, their Winter 1996 issue is devoted to "The Juvenile Court." You can access this and the other reports through this site.

Children’s Rights, Inc.
A leading litigator on behalf of abused/neglected children and kids languishing in foster care, this organization has helped prod considerable reform throughout the country by use of statewide or local class action lawsuits, brought with the help of local child advocates. At this web site, you will find a description of their strategies for child welfare systemic change, information on the progress of, and impact on, all their class action cases (a dozen major CRI cases, brought in 10 states and the District of Columbia, were listed/described as of June 2001), copies of written articles/materials by their staff, and other information about their work.

Child Welfare Information Gateway - Adminstration for Children and Families
The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. It was formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse. 

MN Adopt

MN ADOPT is a program sponsored by the Department of Human Services through the Minnesota Adoption Resource Network (MARN), a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization.  MN ADOPT is dedicated to supporting and sustaining the families who adopt Minnesota Waiting Children by providing the following services:
• Online, searchable database listing children in Minnesota available for adoption
• Referrals to pre-adopt orientations and trainings offered by private and county agencies
• Post-adopt trainings (in person and online) designed for parents and professionals
• Information on parenting children with special needs and adoption assistance
• Resources and support services offered by private agencies, counties, tribes and individuals for families who adopted Minnesota Waiting Children
• Events celebrating diversity and designed for recruitment



National Association of Child Advocates
This national organization is devoted to building the capacity of state and local child advocacy organizations. Founded in 1984, it is a nationwide network of child advocacy organizations working at the statehouse, county commission, and city council level on critical reforms for children. With 64 member organizations in 48 states and 11 cities and communities, it serves as a forum where child advocacy leaders from across the country can convene to share ideas and exchange information, formulate joint efforts and coordinate strategies, sharpen their skills, and increase the impact of the child advocacy movement. It establishes links between state and local child advocates and national experts and provides a clearinghouse of information on issues affecting children and effective advocacy.

National Association of Counsel for Children
This is the pre-eminent membership organization for legal professionals involved with children's issues. Their home page has a membership application, information about their publications and annual conferences, and other resources they offer. Begun over 20 years ago by Don Bross, the NACC now has several thousand members and the best-attended annual children's law conference in the country.

National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association
A public outreach site to help recruit CASA and GAL volunteers that can help protect the interests of court-involved abused and neglected children. The site is also for CASA or GAL volunteers, CASA/GAL staff, and others. On this site there is an incredible amount of useful advocacy-related material, including a section under "Library" with information on guardian ad litem issues.

National Center for State Courts (NCSC)

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ)

National Court Improvement Catalog
This is an online resource for state court systems working to improve child abuse and neglect litigation. This catalog has been developed by the ABA Center on Children and the Law's National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues. The catalog, organized by state and topic, is comprised of materials submitted by state court improvement projects across the country. The catalog is intended to facilitate the exchange of information between court improvement projects nationwide. By providing actual examples of work from state courts, the catalog provides easy access to other states' judicial forms, reports, studies, videotapes, program evaluations, project summaries, and other materials.

National Conference of State Legislatures' Adoption and Safe Families Act Searchable State Law Database
This site, part of the NCSL's web site material addressing state laws related to children, youth, and families provides information on various state laws enacted to implement the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act. The legislation is organized according to state and topic (e.g., permanency hearings, child safety assurance, reasonable efforts clarification, termination of parental rights, criminal records checks). In general, the NCSL's web site has considerable useful information on cutting-edge state legislative reforms related to children (for example, an issue paper, with summaries of recent state legislation, on infant abandonment immunity laws).

National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
This is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide, NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million people with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.


Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Abuse and Neglect Cases and
Permanency Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Abuse and Neglect Cases

both by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Many of the Children's Justice Initiative core outcomes and best practices are based on these two documents.

Making it Permanent: Reasonable Efforts to Finalize Permanency Plans for Foster Children

State Agencies

Minnesota Judicial Branch
Includes links to rules of court, statutes, appellate court decisions, and public notices.

Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)

Minnesota Guardian Ad Litem Program
Provides access to the GAL brochure, GAL-system reports, and employment opportunities.

Minnesota Board of Public Defense
Provides access to mission and purpose, attorney contact information, employment opportunities, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Minnesota County Attorneys Association
Provides access to duties, publications, training opportunities, and employment opportunities.

Minnesota Legislature
Provides access to statutes, bills, sessions laws, administrative rules

Judy Nord

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