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Certification or Licensing

The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification offers voluntary board certification in civil pretrial practice, civil law, criminal law, family law, and Social Security disability advocacy. The National Association of Counsel for Children provides the child welfare law certification 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 American Bar Association 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." Specialized voluntary certification for elder law attorneys is provided by the National Elder Law Foundation. Contact these organizations for more information on certification requirements.

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