Child Welfare Case Compendium (CWCC)

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Description and How To Use This Tool

The Child Welfare Case Compendium (CWCC) is an on-line searchable database that consists of annotations of opinions addressing child welfare issues that have been published by the North Carolina appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court from January 2014 to present. The annotations are organized into six different categories:

  • Abuse, Neglect, Dependency
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Adoption
  • Civil Cases with Application to Child Welfare
  • Criminal Cases with Application to Child Welfare

A user may conduct a global search of the entire CWCC by keyword or phrase or may conduct and/or limit a search by using one of the six Categories as a filter. Within each Category, additional filters have been created to allow a user to conduct a more focused search by using a Stage and/or Topic that is associated with a specific Category. For example, a search may be made by selecting the Category, “Abuse, Neglect, Dependency,” a Stage that relates to that selected Category (e.g. “Adjudication”) and a “Topic” that applies to the selected Stage (e.g. “Abuse”). 
Each annotation includes the case name and citation, a description of the holding, the judgment (including whether there is a dissent and/or stay), related tags (or pre-identified search terms) that allow users to see other case annotations with the same tag, and a link to the published opinion. Because cases are organized by discrete legal issue, a case may appear multiple times.
Suggestions or Questions

The purpose of the CWCC is to provide a searchable database of case annotations that is focused exclusively on issues impacting child welfare. It is meant to be a user-friendly tool for attorneys and judicial officials who work in this field. As you use the CWCC, you may have suggestions for how it can be improved (for example, are there new or better tags, stages, or topics; are there broken links; do you know of a stay that has been granted or lifted). Please contact Sara DePasquale ( with any and all feedback.

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