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The ABA Center for Children and the Law and ChildFocus announce the creation of  the Legal Impact Network for Kin (LINK) with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  This network is shaped and directed by a group of geographically diverse public interest law organizations that either provide direct services for kinship families or advocate for kinship care-related laws and policy change.

What's the purpose? 

 The Legal Impact Network for Kin will improve the availability and quality of free and low-cost legal representation for kinship families inside and outside of the child welfare system by:

1. Connecting public interest attorneys who serve kinship families to share legal strategies, best practices, and other critical resources;

2. Expanding partnerships with private law firms, law school clinical programs, and bar associations to expand legal representation for kinship families;

3. Creating better state and federal kinship care laws and policies based on the most pressing legal challenges facing kinship families.
How do I join? 
This network is available to attorneys who serve kinship families. To join, contact Mary Bissell at

Webinar on the Indian Child Welfare Act, new regulations - September 22, 2016 materials
-PowerPoint Slides

Webinar on Supported Diversion - March 9, 2016 materials
-PowerPoint Slides

ABA Kinship Preconference - July 23, 2015 materials
 -- Agenda
 -- Power Points: 
- Financing reform overview 
Federal Legislative Update
Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards and Kinship Diversion 
- Constitutional Rights and Kinship Families
Helping Kinship Families Inside and Outside the Child Welfare System 
- Caregiver perspective

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