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Help Children in Foster Care

Did you know?

  • In the District of Columbia, 2,000 abused and neglected children are in foster care.
  • 40% of children entering foster care are separated from their brothers and sisters.
  • Almost half of all foster children do not complete high school and only half find stable employment.


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

CLC's mission fits perfectly with our "KidsFirst" initiative at McDermott Will & Emery. Our lawyers participate in special education appeals, adoption matters and guardian ad litem work. The commitment and expertise of CLC's staff is extraordinary, and their training and ongoing mentoring are first-rate. This has become one of our broadest and deepest pro bono relationships firm-wide.

-H. Guy Collier
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Chair, CLC Board of Directors

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