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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

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.



arriana-150x150Advokids’ legal team helped secure a permanent home for Arianna. She was born in prison and placed in a “foster to adopt home” at 3 days old. After living with her foster family for a continuous 12 months, the county recommended that Arianna be moved to a prison program 300 miles away where her mother would care for her in an institutional setting. Arriana’s foster parents turned to Advokids for assistance. Meet more children.


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.

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.

The Voice of Foster Kids, Los Angeles Times Op-Ed article by Jim Newton,  8/24/2014.

- NBC4 News coverage of the lawsuit:

Read more about Advokids in the News.



Three-In-One-Day Juvenile Dependency Seminar- Three seminars designed to expand and improve counsel’s ability to be a good advocate in each of the following subject areas: Representing De Facto Parents, Paternity/Parentage Issues, and ICWA.


Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Southern California. Information and Registration.

Advokids and the Northern California Association of Counsel for Children presents, Substance Abuse Addiction and Treatment: Science and Mythology- This seminar covers the following topics: working with addicted clients, treatment programs, and appropriate and inappropriate uses of drug testing.


Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, in San Francisco. Information and Registration.