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Tara Grigg Green L’14

Tara currently runs Foster Care Advocacy Center (FCAC), which she co-founded in 2018 as the first multidisciplinary nonprofit law office in Texas. FCAC represents children and parents involved with complex child welfare cases in Houston, and also does ancillary litigation related to the case, such as special education advocacy and Medicaid appeals. Prior to starting FCAC, Tara was a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney in the Houston Office of Disability Texas on the Foster Care Team, and clerked for the Honorable Micaela Alvarez of the Southern District of Texas in McAllen on the Texas-Mexico border. Tara started at Penn Law determined to focus on child welfare based on her family’s experience caring for over 100 foster children. While at Penn she took the Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic, where she spent hours learning how to interview a client, communicate with outside parties, and appear in court. This experience is directly related to Tara’s success in her current practice as learning the nuances of working with youth in foster care in the clinic gave her a foundation of knowledge to develop innovative practices once she had clients of her own. For example, Tara has developed a process to get a family court order for wrongfully denied Medicaid services for foster youth, and has created accommodated service plans for parents with disabilities whose children have been removed. During law school, Tara was also an Auction Chair of the Equal Justice Foundation and Co-Chair of the Penn Law Women’s Association. Tara was a concurrent degree student with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government while at Penn Law and also has a M.P.P.