Policy | Children's Law Center


Children’s Law Center is a leading advocate for DC’s most vulnerable children.

Our policy advocacy is grounded in the experience we have gained helping more than 40,000 District children and families since our founding in 1996. We use this expertise to partner with the Mayor, District Agencies, the DC Council and other advocates for city-wide solutions that better serve children’s needs.  

We work to change laws, policies and practice, and also secure media coverage to raise awareness about the District’s successes and failures in meeting children’s needs. Whether it is pressing agencies to better prepare older youth who age out of the foster care system, improving special education programs within DC schools, or ensuring pediatricians screen for children’s mental health needs – our policy advocacy delivers real results that improve all children’s lives.

Our policy advocacy focuses on three main areas:

  • Mental Health: More than 5,000 of the District’s vulnerable children do not have access to quality mental health care. We advocate to increase the number of providers, improve funding, and break down barriers that prevent children from getting care.
  • Child Welfare: We work to improve DC’s child welfare system so that more children remain with their families, children who are in foster care get the services they need, and extended family members and other foster parents are supported so they can provide loving, stable homes.
  • Education: A good education is a child’s building block for success. We work to ensure that children with special needs and children in foster care get the education they need to thrive.

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