Daniel E. Trujillo

In today’s world millions of children are the subjects of judicial proceedings each year. They are involved in the court system as victims of abuse and neglect, as juvenile offenders, as subjects of custody, visitation and adoption proceedings, and as participants in civil damages litigation.

The National Association of Counsel for Children’s mission is to improve the lives of children and families by ensuring that these proceedings produce justice. Specifically, our mission is to:

  • Strengthen the Delivery of Legal Services for Children
  • Enhance the Quality of Legal Services Affecting Children
  • Improve Courts and Agencies Serving Children
  • Advance the Rights and Interests of Children

Become a Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist

The NACC certification program was created and sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children's Bureau and is accredited by the American Bar Association. The program has also been endorsed by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and the Conference of Chief Justices/Conference of State Court Administrators (CCJ/COSCA). The NACC also obtains the necessary authorization from the state regulatory authorities such as the court, state bar association, or committee on legal specialization. 



NACC Child Welfare Law Certification is available to attorneys who serve in the role of Child's Attorney (including Guardian ad Litem, Law Guardian, Attorney ad Litem), Parent's Attorney, and Agency / Department / Government Attorney. The specialization area as approved by the ABA is defined as "the practice of law representing children, parents or the government in all child protection proceedings including emergency, temporary custody, adjudication, disposition, foster care, permanency planning, termination, guardianship, and adoption. Child Welfare Law does not include representation in private child custody and adoption disputes where the state is not a party.” To date, there are over 550 NACC Certified Child Welfare Law Specialists in 39 jurisdictions.


Eligibility at a Glance


Child Welfare Law Certification is available to attorneys who represent children, parents and agencies in child abuse, neglect and dependency cases.  It is modeled after physician board certification and requires that attorneys satisfy the following requirements to be apply (please refer to Standards below for full requirements):

  • 3+ years practicing law

  • 30% or more of the last 3 years involved in child welfare law

  • 36 hours CLE/3 years (45 hours/3 years - CA only; 36 hours and 9 hours ethics - AZ only) – in courses relevant to child welfare law

  • A writing sample demonstrating legal analysis in the field of child welfare law drafted in the last 3 years (court memo, brief, article, etc.) 

Program Materials 

How do I apply? 


  1. Download the Application - fill out a short form and download the application.

  2. Fill out and submit the electronic application (takes about 20-30 minutes).

  3. Be sure to fill out the final page for the QIC Application Fee Waiver!