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Lauren Nonnemaker


Lauren has commitment to and extensive experience with family law issues, with a focus on child welfare. She is a Certified Mediator, and a Parenting Coordinator.


She began her career as a paralegal at a private family law firm while earning her B.A. in Criminal Justice from DeSales University. Upon graduation, Lauren joined the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network Legal Services Initiative where she received specialized training in juvenile dependency which inspired her to pursue a legal career in child welfare.

Lauren attended Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, 2-year accelerated JD program, as a Rising Advocate Merit Scholar where she earned two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards and served as a Dean’s Scholar before graduating in 2017. Lauren then returned to the world of juvenile dependency, joining the Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender Child Advocate Unit where she served as guardian ad litem and legal counsel to hundreds of abused, neglected, and ungovernable children.

Lauren then joined CHILD USA, the premier children’s rights think tank based in Philadelphia.  There, she reviewed legislation, crafted policies, provided judicial training, and drafted written testimony on children’s rights issues at the state and federal level.

Lauren then entered into private practice where she continues to focus on children’s issues including custody, adoption, and protection from abuse. She is also an adjunct professor at Villanova University’s Paralegal Professional Program, and a staff attorney at CHILD USAdvocacy, submitting testimony and pushing for common-sense reform of child welfare legislation.


Lauren previously served as a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Children’s Rights Committee and Legislative Sub-Committee and was also actively involved with the Education Law Committee of the Montgomery County Bar Association in her then capacity as Vice-Chair. Lauren is also active in her community having served on youth sports organizations and on the Home and School Association Board.

Lauren Nonnemaker, Esq.
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Jessica Schidlow, Esq.

Jessica brings an extensive background in child welfare, and holds a Master’s degree in Professional Clinical and Counseling Psychology.  She worked as an out-patient child and family-based therapist before pursing her legal education.  Jessica then joined the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office in their Child Advocacy Unit where she represented hundreds of at-risk and dependent youth in their Juvenile and Orphan’s Court proceedings. Jessica is committed to advancing the rights of children and improving the outcomes for court-involved youth by ensuring practices that are trauma-informed and congruent with legal, medical, and social-science research.  She now serves as the Legal Director at CHILD USA, the premier children's rights think tank based in Philadelphia.

Jessica earned her B.A. in Psychology from Temple University, Honors Program. She earned her M.A. in Professional Clinical and Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University, graduating with distinction. Jessica earned her J.D. from of Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, 2-year accelerated program, where she served as a research assistant and president of the Health Law Society. Jessica is a National Board-Certified Counselor and member of the National Association of Counsel for Children. She also serves on the Children and the Law Committee for the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Children’s Rights Legislative Subcommittee for the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Jessica Schidlow

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