- Who We Are
- What We Do
- Our Stories
- News & Events
- Join Our Team
- Pro Bono
Did you know?
How Does CLC Help Children in Foster Care?
Children's Law Center is the voice for more than 500 children each year – serving as the lawyer (called a guardian ad litem or GAL) for children who have been physically abused, sexually abused or neglected by their parents. Although there are many people – social workers, bureaucrats and judges – involved in the life of an abused or neglected child, only the GAL is focused exclusively on the child’s well being and safety.
A Children's Law Center GAL advocates for a child from the day she is removed from her parent’s home until she is safely and permanently reunited with her birth parents, living permanently with relatives or in new adoptive family. The GAL’s job is to ensure that our child client’s specific, individual needs are recognized and addressed. We advocate for our child clients in and out of court – with judges, social workers, schools and medical professionals.
In short, a Children's Law Center GAL cares for the whole child, addressing their physical, emotional and intellectual well-being as well as their legal rights.
Children's Law Center also helps children in foster care by representing foster parents and extended family members who care for them. Read more
“Just knowing [my attorney] and having her in my life has been a wonderful experience through the law center … so a really wonderful thing came out of a bad situation.”