Protecting the right of every foster child in California to safety, security, and a permanent home.
Advokids provides the only free telephone hotline offering legal information to anyone concerned about a child in foster care in California. Hotline Staff cannot and does not provide legal advice. If you are already represented by a lawyer or entitled to have a court-appointed lawyer, please contact your lawyer instead of the Hotline. Your lawyer may call our attorney helpline for a consultation about your case.
Attorney Consultation Line: 877.238.4543
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TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE A LIFETIME
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.
“Thank you so very much. I have recommended Advokids to numerous foster parents and all of them have had a similar experience to us. A true hand of consistency in a totally inconsistent journey of courts, family and social worker systems.” Forrest was three days old when…
"I wanted to again thank you for your time and advice with our little ones' case. Foster care is complicated and messy, and you were able to give us perspective that we needed. We did pass on all the info you sent us to the kids' attorney and county attorney. We don't know for sure what or if they used it, however we did finally get a ruling this week. The judge ruled for TOS and set the .26 for December. We know there is a long road ahead, but are very thankful that a decision was reached after 24 months of the kids being in care."
- Ashley, Resource Parent, Stanislaus, 2020
"Y’all, it really takes a village. I received the call for help from another attorney last night about 10 pm... I was pointed to Advokids [a child advocacy non-profit that operates a free statewide telephone hotline in California]. They were wonderful in getting me a list of attorneys who could help. I passed it on to the attorney who’d called me. She sent it to the parents. Long story, short… the parents talked to one of the attorneys and were told they could go themselves to the courthouse and file an emergency pro se petition. The parents then let the hospital know what they planned to do and the hospital did a swift turn around and the family is supposed to be back together again!!
Thank you all so much for the assistance!"
- Patricia "Petesy" Peterson Smith, Mississippi, 2020
"Advokids is a major source for good in a world that desperately needs it, and we've been blessed by Advokids far beyond what we could support in return."
-Aaron and Katrina, Foster Parents, Los Angeles
"The peace you provided to our family during our foster/adoption journey will never be forgotten. Thank you for the lawyer reference, supportive emails and phone calls. Our son is now 4 and 1/2 years old, safely adopted and secure with us!"
-Ayana, Adoptive Parent, Los Angeles, 2018
"During this difficult time when it seemed like everyone was against us & no one cared about the best long-term care for my great-niece, Advokids was there to help guide us & reassure us that we're not crazy for thinking CPS is not treating us fairly."
-Rachael, Great-Aunt, Riverside, 2018
"As a dependency attorney, this organization gave me a wonderful introduction to this area of law, and provided a great background of law and practical information that has been a great asset to my practice."
-Joan, Dependency Attorney, San Mateo, 2018
"I am so thankful for all Advokids has done for me and my (foster) son. They have taught me how to be a great advocate and walked me step by step through how to fight for what is in his best interest. Without your help I would have felt so very helpless and alone."
-Jessica, Foster Parent, San Diego, 2018
“Advokids is a really incredible resource. They are unbiased and very diligent at collecting all information before making suggestions and recommendations. They were also very personal which made me feel comfortable reaching out again and I still would if I needed to!”
- Lindsay, Resource Parent, Orange, 2020
"I work closely with my county to train resource families (mostly relatives now) and we have Advokids on our slide when we talk about the court process and the court forms that caregivers and youth can use. I also check out your website when I am looking for court resources. Thanks for all that you do!"
-Juline, Director, Foster & Kinship Care Education, Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, 2021
Federal Pandemic Act allowing reentry for transition aged youth who exited extended foster care on or after 1/27/20 as a result of age. Participation conditions waived through 9/30/21: All County Letter (ACL) No. 21-51 (issued 4/29/21)