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25,000 California babies are reported for maltreatment during their first year of life - before they can walk, before they can talk. Advokids speaks up for these children.

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Advokids integrates neuroscience and child welfare law to teach child advocates how to fight for foster children's long-term physical and emotional health and safety.

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Children in foster care are our priority.

Make them yours.

PROTECTING THE RIGHT OF EVERY FOSTER CHILD IN CALIFORNIA TO SAFETY, SECURITY, AND A PERMANENT HOME.

We’re Here to Help

Advokids provides the only free telephone hotline offering legal information to anyone concerned about a child in foster care in California.

HOTLINE:

877.ADV4KID (877.238.4543)

CHILDREN’S ATTORNEY CONSULTATION LINE:

415.924.0587

Legal Programs and Services

  • Child Welfare Law Information Hotline
  • Children’s Attorney Consultation Line
  • Child Welfare Legal Tools and Resources
  • Statewide Trainings and Conferences
  • Statewide Child Welfare Reform
  • Appellate and Amicus Project

ADVOKIDS SERVED MORE THAN 800 CHILDREN IN 2014

Support Foster Children

  • California is home to 60,000 foster children, 1/3 of these foster children are under the age of 5.
  • Many children spend 2+ years in foster care and experience multiple placements.
  • Permanent placements and enduring relationships protect foster children’s long-term emotional, cognitive and developmental healthRead more about foster children.

Together we can change a lifetime

Children need stability and security in their early years.

This video explains the importance of early intervention and what our most vulnerable children go through when no early action is taken.

MEET OUR CHILDREN

Annie

Happy child Annie was abandoned by her mother and entered foster care at birth. She then spent her first 4 years of life with her grandmother but was removed from grandmother’s care due to neglect. After she was returned to foster care, Annie experienced five placements in three months before she was placed in what would be her adoptive home. Haley, Annie’s  new “mom,” was committed to helping Annie heal from the trauma she had suffered in her short life.

Court proceedings to secure Annie’s adoptive placement were continuously delayed. Annie faced additional heartache when her new baby sister came into foster care and was placed with Annie and Haley only to be moved to the care of a relative who was elderly and infirm. Advokids referred Haley to a dedicated attorney and helped Haley fight for Annie and her baby sister. Their futures are finally secure in their forever home with Haley.

  Read more of our children’s stories.

LATEST NEWS

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The ACLU’s New Study

Take a look at “System on the Brink,” published by the American Civil Liberties Union of California that shows how giant caseloads in the California child welfare system are incredibly detrimental to the children and families in the system.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The 38th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference

Monterey, California

Pre-Conference August 24, 2015 Three Day Conference August 25-27, 2015

For more information, please click here.   Dependency 101: A Legal Seminar in Corte Madera, CA on Sept. 12, 2015 Register now! in Los Angeles, CA on Oct. 24, 2015 Register now!   Advokids’ Trivia Night Fundraiser!  On September 16th, twelve teams will go head-to-head in a friendly competition of trivia knowledge at McTeague’s Saloon in San Francisco. Want to lead a team, become a sponsor, or attend the event? Click here for more information!

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