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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)

MONDAY – FRIDAY, 9AM – 4:30PM

CHILDREN’S ATTORNEY CONSULTATION LINE:

415.924.0587

MONDAY – FRIDAY, 9AM – 4:30PM

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 health. Read more about foster children.

Together we can change a lifetime

Children need stability and security in their early years.

In her TED Talk, San Francisco pediatrician Dr. Burke explains, “We now understand better than we ever have before how exposure to early adversity affects the developing brains and bodies of children.” This new research is essential when advocating on behalf of foster children.

The difference between toxic stress and tolerable stress is an adult caregiver to be a buffer. We need to provide for the caregiver to be that buffer. Nadine Burke Harris, Keynote, Zero to Three National Training Institute, December 2, 2015

MEET OUR CHILDREN

Daniel

Daniel just turned 5 and has been in foster care for 19 months. He is in his third placement. Daniel was going to have to miss his school performance to attend his court hearing this week. His fost-adopt mom and dad were worried because Daniel was afraid to go to court and very sad about missing a big day at school. They called Advokids’ free telephone hotline for help.

Advokids’ legal telephone hotline staff explained to Daniel’s ‘s fost-adopt parents that since he is now 5, the law requires his attorney to see him before each court hearing but he is not required to go to court. We encouraged them to email Daniel’s attorney and underscore Daniel’s history of trauma, his fears, and his need for stability. Daniel’s attorney accommodated a meeting with Daniel in the privacy of her office, and Daniel performed in his school play with his classmates. It was a great day!

Read more of our children’s stories.

LATEST NEWS

AK LawsuitAdvokids has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services to enforce our state laws which require the agency to give foster caregivers written notices of court hearings and proposed changes in a foster child’s placement. If you are or have been a foster caregiver and meet the criteria, please consider joining our reform efforts as a declarant in our lawsuit. For declarant criteria and instructions, click here. We cannot reform the foster care system and effect change without you.

To read more about our lawsuit: The Voice of Foster Kids – Los Angeles Times, August 8, 2014.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

NEW! Webcast: Representing the Child in Dependency Proceedings Register now!

Training: NCACC & Advokids present Juvenile Dependency Law Update: 2015 – The Year in Review Register now!

2016 Project Foster Youth College Scholarships: For the past several years, CYC has been proud to partner with Project Foster Youth to offer $600 college scholarships to current and former foster youth. Applications are due by April 1, 2016. Apply now!

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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.