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.
In addition to these materials, we also run a legal Helpline during regular business hours to provide information to DC residents and to assist attorneys representing children in DC’s Family Court. Through the Helpline, Children's Law Center attorneys provide legal information, advice and referrals on issues related to our work – child welfare, education, health care access, child custody, guardianship and adoption. The Helpline number is 202-467-4900 option 3. Hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.
Youth in abscondence face varied levels of risk depending on their age, mental health, physical health, and access to material resources. This fact sheet summarizes some of the key laws, policies, and inquiries that GALs may use to mitigate risk and advocate for missing youth.
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.