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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.

We are unable to provide legal information to people who are represented by a lawyer.

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm


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  • Child welfare legal hotline
  • Attorney consultation Line
  • Child welfare legal tools and resources
  • Statewide trainings
  • Systemic reform
  • Appellate & Amicus Project




California is home to 60,000 foster children, one third of whom are under the age of 5. Many children spend at least two years in care and experience multiple placements.

Permanent placements and enduring relationships protect foster children’s long-term emotional, cognitive and developmental health.

Children's Stories


Alyssa and her wife had 13-month-old Scarlett in their care since birth. During a grievance hearing at which Alyssa and her wife were not present, the court granted a non-related family member guardianship of Scarlett…More


Robert and Sarah called Advokids’ Hotline for help after 9 agonizing months of waiting to have their 3 year old grandson Kai placed in their care. They had been an important part of Kai’s life since his birth, and when he was abruptly removed from his mother’s care and placed in foster care, they rushed to claim him. They were stymied by the county child welfare agency’s continued delays in placing Kai with them, and were allowed limited visitation with Kai. Advokids’ legal and social work staff helped Robert and Sarah intervene and access the juvenile court to let the judge know that Kai was suffering.. More

Latest News

Advokids Fights to Repeal L.A. Local Rule Limiting Caregiver’s Right to Appear at Court

Advokids and attorneys Deborah Dentler and Robert Jacobs met with former presiding Judge Levanas over several months in 2018 and successfully challenged the language of L.A Local Court Rule 7.13 which failed to meet state and federal requirements. Thanks to the efforts of Advokids, Ms. Dentler, and Mr. Jacobs, L.A Rule 7.13 was repealed on July 1st, 2019!

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L.A Times Article on the Death of Foster Child Anthony Avalos Highlights Advokids’ JV-210 Legal Tools Page

The Horrific Death of Anthony Avalos and the Many Missed Chances to Save Him

Please help us spread the word and prevent tragic deaths of vulnerable children in California
Advokids has been campaigning statewide since 2017 to bring attention to the JV-210 Form, a Juvenile Court Form that empowers child advocates to go directly to the juvenile court when a County fails to adequately investigate a suspected child abuse case and protect a child. Please help us spread the word and prevent tragic deaths of vulnerable children in California…

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This 8-hour training covers basic dependency law and procedure for attorneys new to dependency law or those seeking a refresher course

Advokids' Pro Bono Attorney Program

As a California lawyer, you can make a difference in a child's life by volunteering as a pro bono attorney with Advokids... More

"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

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