Barton Child Law and Policy Center
The Barton Child Law and Policy Center promotes and protects the legal rights and interests of children who are involved with the juvenile court, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems. The Center's work is directed by Emory Law faculty and performed by law and other graduate students who participate in reform initiatives and holistic client representation by conducting research; advocating for individual clients; writing articles, policy papers, and other informational materials; and analyzing and drafting legislation and policy directives.
News from the Barton Center
Call for Placements for Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program 2015
If you would like to participate in ESCAP 2015 by hosting a student intern, please visit the Emory Summer Child Advocacy page and follow the links for supervisors. Deadline to request to serve as a placement is October 31, 2014.
Students, visit the Emory Summer Child Advocacy page and follow the links for "Students" to get information about ESCAP 2015. Application period will open in mid-November.
Kirsten Sandberg Visits School of Law
Kirsten Sandberg, Chairperson, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and Professor of Law at the University of Ohio will visit Emory School of Law on Tues., November 18, 4:30 pm, in Tull Auditorium. Read more »
HR 4980 Preventing Sex Trafficking becomes law
On September 30, 2014, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act into law. In addition to many new requirements to combat sex trafficking, this bill makes significant changes to our child welfare law. It includes new mandates for government regarding "runaways," new mandated "normalcy" provisions, restrictions on the use of APPLA for children under 16, and new rights for children in foster care. A summary being prepared by the ABA to explain what this new federal law means for the states will soon be available at www.childlawpractice.org.
Child Welfare Legal Academy presentation videos are back online!
Thank you for your patience as Emory School of Law transitioned to a new website. Our most recent Child Welfare Legal Academy presentations and juvenile code revision presentations are now available. Please visit and bookmark the Barton Center's "Presentations" page on the Emory Law website.
Special collaboration with Department of Juvenile Justice and the Governor's Office for Children and Families.
The 2014 Child Welfare Legal Academy: A Year of Exploring Openness in Child Welfare
Additional sponsors of this series: The Supreme Court of Georgia's Committee on Justice for Children; The Georgia Department of Human Services; Casey Family Programs; and Voices for Georgia's Children. Please join us for a series of classes exploring the rationales in our current laws and policies around confidentiality in our child welfare system.
Save the Date -- October 28, 2014: Dissecting a Child Welfare Case
Our next Child Welfare Legal Academy will continue to explore the theme of openness in the child welfare system by closely examining several composites of child welfare cases. Richard Griffiths, Senior Editorial Director, CNN, will serve as interlocutor for a Fred-friendly panel. For more details and registration, please visit http://tinyurl.com/dissectingchildwelfare.
For those who cannot attend the event in person, we will live-stream it at https://new.livestream.com/accounts/7043450/events/3493655. There is not cost to view the class and NO need to register, but you do have to create a live-stream account to view the program.
December 4, 2014-- Child Welfare Legal Academy
Howard Davidson, Director, ABA Children and the Law, will present "Confidentiality, Transparency, and Accountability: A Delicate Balance." Davidson will focus on CAPTA, past privacy practices, and future directions. Register online»
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