We are problem solvers.
If you stopped by Children’s Law Center, you would quickly learn what the children of DC know: we are problem solvers.
On any given day, we are helping hundreds of children solve problems that no child should face. No child should have to wonder who to live with when his parents can no longer safely care for him. No child should have to fight for the special education services she needs so she can learn. No child should have to go to court to ensure his landlord fixes the heat and water in his basement apartment during the frigid winter months.
Now celebrating our 20th anniversary, we help more than 5,000 children and their families tackle seemingly insurmountable problems each year – including 1 of every 9 of the poorest children in the city’s poorest neighborhoods. We multiplied this impact by partnering with hundreds of pro bono lawyers, pediatricians and city leaders. As a result of our advocacy both in and out of the courtroom, more District children are on the path to a better education, good health and a stable, loving family.
The professionals responsible for children’s
well-being turn to us to get the best outcomes
for DC children:
- Each year, the judges of DC Superior Court appoint us to represent many hundreds of children who were abused and neglected or caught in bitter custody battles – a big vote of confidence in our tenacious attorneys who fight for the best homes for these vulnerable children.
- Pediatricians, nurses and social workers in five community health centers turn to us to help them identify and resolve the root causes of their children patients' health problems.
- The Mayor, District Agencies and the DC Council all turn to us to develop citywide recommendations that would ensure policies, programs and funding meet the needs of all District children.
- More than 100 law firms partner with us on pro bono cases that allow us to help even more children who have been abused or neglected, are caught in custody battles, live in poor housing conditions, or have special education needs that aren't being met.
We are honored to have received many awards from leading organizations over the years.
Our awards include the Washington Council of Lawyer's President's Award, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement's Excel Award, the Meyer Foundation's Exponent Award, the Washington Post Top Workplace award, and the Nonprofit Times' "Best Nonprofits to Work For" for many years running.
But our biggest honor is to be trusted by the District's most vulnerable children and their families.
We are honored to help DC's children gain a solid foundation of family, health and education. We hope you will explore this site to learn more about how we tackle the big problems facing the District’s children – and to meet the children who are the reason we do what we do.