Welcome to our resource library.
Children's Law Center publishes a number of materials for legal and non-legal audiences to gain a better understanding of issues related to DC's children and learn more about our work. Use the tabs below to select resources related to your interest area.
A fact sheet discussing home studies and forensic evaluations in custody cases. Includes a discussion of related issues and recommendations for their use.
Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, seniors and individuals with disabilities. Under the Affordable Care Act, low-income adults without children are now also eligible.
One of the greatest challenges for youth aging-out of foster care is identifying appropriate resources for obtaining quality mental health services.
A significant piece of legislation passed in 2010 called the Adoption Reform Amendment Act changed several of the laws around adoption and guardianship. The law includes provisions allowing for judicial enforcement of voluntarily-entered post-adoption contact agreements between adoptive and biological parents.
We partner with hundreds of dedicated legal volunteers to help children in crisis.
Children’s Law Center’s pro bono attorneys serve more than 400 children and families every year. All our cases are designed to provide children in the District of Columbia with the solid foundation of family, health, and education we believe they need to succeed. See below for more information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding our pro bono program.
Attorneys in DC child welfare proceedings may litigate a variety of issues throughout their practice. This fact sheet summarizes the key legal findings and standards of proof that must be met at each stage of a case.
An extensive tip sheet on how to research criminal, civil, and domestic relations, domestic violence court records in DC Court. Also includes information about how to acquire court records from Maryland and Virginia.
A fact sheet with strategies and recommendations for service in custody cases. Sites relevant DC Code and includes resources that may help with service.
In the summer of 2018, the District of Columbia enacted uniform school discipline reforms applying to both DC Public School (DCPS) and public charter schools—the Student Fair Access to School Amendment Act of 2018 (Law 22-057). Children’s Law Center, along with members of the Every Student Every Day Coalition, helped shape the legislation, which also drew from the experience of parents, teachers, lawyers and experts in the field to determine how to best keep students in school and learning.