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, 9:00am – 4:30pm

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

Click here to learn what to expect when you call Advokids.

Attorney Consultation Line:  877.238.4543

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm




  • Free Telephone Hotline
  • Child Welfare Attorney Consultation Line
  • Online Child Welfare Legal Tools and Resources
  • Statewide Training for Child Welfare Professionals
  • Child Welfare Reform & Impact Litigation
  • Child Welfare Appellate & Amicus Project



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.


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. Alyssa did not believe that a move to a new home would be in Scarlett’s best interest, so she called Advokids. Our staff social worker informed Alyssa of the forms she should file and recommended an attorney in their county as well. When the county filed an official removal notice, Alyssa and her wife, with the help of Advokids, were able to file an objection and have a court hearing before Scarlett was removed. The judge took all of the information into consideration and ruled that Scarlett should remain placed with Alyssa and her family. Eventually, Alyssa was granted De Facto Parent status and Prospective Adoptive Parent status, and Scarlett was spared a precipitous placement change at a vulnerable stage of her development.

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Advokids Executive Director, Margaret Coyne interviewed by Maureen Langan of KGO810

Maureen Langan and Margaret Coyne discuss foster care and Advokids’ free telephone hotline. Listen to the interview here.

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Enforcement Period Begins For Advokids’ Lawsuit Settlement—A Win For Foster Children!

It was a great victory for children as courts will make better decisions about foster children’s’ lives and futures if they hear from the caregivers who know the children best. The lawsuit settlement terms…

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TIME: ‘They’re Anxious.’ Separated Migrant Children in Foster Care Are Now in Limbo

Advokids Executive Director, Margaret Coyne, is quoted in this TIME article regarding family separation at the border. Read the article written by Jennifer Calfas here.

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"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."

-Ruby, 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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