Protecting the right of every foster child in California to safety, security, and a permanent home.
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.
“I honestly do not think this would have been the outcome had we not had [staff attorney] Lauren there for us to help us, coach us and walk us through what we needed to do. Thank you so much Lauren & Advokids. My husband and I truly…
"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
2019 Juvenile Law Legislative and Case Law Updates
This 2.25 hour training is for attorneys practicing dependency law who want to keep abreast of new developments in California child welfare law.
This 8-hour online training covers basic dependency law and procedure for attorneys new to dependency law or those seeking a refresher course.