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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.


877.ADV4KID (877.238.4543)



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

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

Healing Trauma with Love and Security

This movie explains how significant neglect can harm a young child’s development: The Science of Neglect (2013), The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.



JJ was abandoned by her parents at birth and entered foster care. She spent 6 and a half months in a temporary foster home before she was placed in her potentially adoptive home. When she was 14 months old, her biological father requested visits with JJ. Her biological father was a stranger to JJ and his sporadic visits were difficult for her, as she already experienced significant trauma and loss. JJ’s foster-to-adopt mother called Advokids concerned about JJ’s emotional health and development. Advokids taught JJ’s foster-to-adopt mother how to obtain legal standing so she could bring JJ’s behaviors to the attention of the court and advocate for JJ’s security and stability. JJ is now thriving and happy in her permanent home.  Read more of our children’s stories.


Advokids in the news

Advokids, along with three foster parents, filed suit against the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (LADCFS) for routinely failing to provide foster parents and relative caregivers with advance written notice of court hearings and opportunities to be heard. Read the press release here.

Why We Should Welcome Caregiver Participation In the Child Welfare System, Op-Ed by Janet Sherwood, Deputy Director of Advokids, Chronicle of Social Change, 9/1/2014.

NBC4 News coverage of the lawsuit:

Read more about Advokids in the News.




The Northern California Association of Counsel for Children and Advokids present,
“Juvenile Dependency Law Update: 2014-The Year in Review”, Wednesday, February 4, 2015 in San Francisco.

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Dependency 101 in Northern California on Saturday, February 21st, 2015. 

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Dependency 101 and 2014 Legislative Updates in Southern California on Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th.

Information and Registration: