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Advokids' Hotline Update:

As we navigate through the pandemic landscape of COVID-19, Advokids' Free Telephone Hotline services will remain operational. 

With school closures and additional family and societal stressors at this time, children are especially vulnerable. We are proud that we have the technical tools we need in place to continue to provide Hotline services while allowing our staff to work remotely.

If you need information or support from Advokids’ Hotline, at this time we prefer that you email us at and a staff member will respond. If you do not have internet access, you can call 877.ADV4KID and leave a messageAlthough our staff will be available to callers, with many juvenile courts having closed and more closures anticipated, filing court forms and petitioning for court hearings may not be effective at this time.

If at any time, you feel that a child is at risk of immediate harm, call the police, the sheriff, or your local county Child Protective Services Hotline.

Updated April 2, 2020: In response to the current pandemic, Juvenile courts across the state have implemented CA Courts Emergency Orders. For emergency measures and information from the California State Department of Social Services, see Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information. For emergency measures implemented by your local county child welfare agency, see individual county websites.

Updated April 6, 2020: On April 6, 2020, the Judicial Council issued emergency rules to clarify how trial courts should be operating during the pandemic. Rule 6 gives direction to dependency courts. View Emergency Rules.

Updated April 21, 2020: Governor's Order regarding Child Welfare Services. 

Updated April 23, 2020: From Alliance for Children's Rights, Resources in Time of Crisis: Supporting Children, Youth and Families in Foster Care webinar

Updated May 7, 2020: The National Association of Counsel for Children has issued a Tip Sheet detailing what children and youth in the child welfare system need from their attorneys during the COVID19 epidemic.

Please stay well.

Protecting the right of every foster child in California to safety, security, and a permanent home.

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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

Attorney Consultation Line:  877.238.4543




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  • 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.

Children's Stories

Emma & Crystal

Emma’s Story

“I want to thank you again for the guidance you gave me years ago to gain custody of my niece. It wasn’t until I reached out to Advokids that I was able to make any progress with getting custody… I appreciate all you guys do to help!” …

"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

Online Trainings


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.

Dependency 101

This 8-hour online 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

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