In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the current system of child support and child support orders, the American Association of Children’s Lawyer’s advocacy arm is launching a legal aid program.
A group of attorneys, social workers, and advocates will be providing legal assistance to those with child support cases, including parents of children in foster care, grandparents, and the children themselves.
The program, called Children with Children, will offer free legal representation, as well as referrals to courtrooms in their communities.
As part of the legal aid effort, the AACCJ will be distributing copies of its child support form to eligible families through the AFA’s online resource.
The American Bar Association, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization, is the nation’s largest association of lawyers and law students, and its mission is to promote excellence in the practice of law and the rule of law.
The organization has been active in advocacy on issues of equality, equality of opportunity, fair and equal treatment, and equal access to justice.
The AACC is currently preparing to launch the program in the coming months.
“In light of the unprecedented impact that the Supreme Courts ruling has had on our country’s children, and on all children, it is essential that our communities have the resources they need to protect the rights of their children and families,” AACC President and CEO, David H. Wylie, Jr. said in a statement.
“This is a powerful and important program that will enable us to help families with outstanding legal needs, as they seek to protect their children from abuse and neglect, as children of color, as immigrants, as women and girls of color and others who are in the middle of these extraordinary changes.”
While some advocates have suggested that the AADL’s new legal aid service is a response to the Supreme and Supreme Court rulings, others have suggested it is merely a way to keep children from going to court, which is a common concern among the child support system.
The AACCL has said that while the ACHL is working with the court to expand its child custody services, the goal is to provide an equal access service for children who are currently receiving child support.