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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

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.

MEET OUR CHILDREN

Annie

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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


Check out our new blog.

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

TRAININGS

 

Advokids and the Northern California Association of Counsel for Children present “LGBT Youth in the Child Welfare System: Professional Guidelines and Emerging Issues” on Wednesday, May 6th in San Francisco.

Information and registration.

 

 

Dependency 101 in Northern California on Saturday, May 9th. 

Information and registration.

TESTIMONIALS