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Pro Bono Project Gets $16,000 ABA Grant for its Children's Law Program

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

  • Organization: ABA Child Custody and Adoption Pro Bono Project

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION CHILD CUSTODY AND ADOPTION PRO BONO PROJECT ANNOUNCES 2005 GRANTS New Orleans Pro Bono Project, Children's Law Program- $16,000: The Pro Bono Project ("PBP") was established in 1986 to provide free civil legal services to the poor through the use of pro bono attorneys. The PBP recently launched a Children's Law Program to train and support volunteers to represent children in abuse and neglect cases, and expanded that representation to custody cases in 2004.

The ABA grant will fund a social worker consultant to research and develop a referral tool and referral resources for mental health and social services for children in custody cases. The social worker will also support the PBP in expanding and training the volunteer attorney pool for custody cases, and will develop partnerships with social work and psychology programs and universities to support the pro bono volunteers. The social worker will produce educational materials for staff, volunteers, judges, parents and children regarding mental health and social service issues and resources.

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