Child welfare lawyers in Maryland represent the legal interests of minors before the court and the legal system. Child welfare law attorneys might be privately retained, serve as a guardian ad litem or be appointed by the court to represent the best interests of a child. Issues for child welfare law include emergency custody hearings, child neglect or child support determinations, temporary custody, foster care, permanency planning, terminating parental rights, guardianship cases and adoptions. Child welfare lawyers in Maryland may work in private practice or for government agencies including child protective services, social services, or the foster care system.
National Association of Counsel for Children - NACC is accredited by the ABA to certify attorneys as child welfare law specialists and works to improve the quality of legal representation of children in dependency, juvenile delinquency, and family law cases.