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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.

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

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  • Appellate and 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.

 

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE A LIFETIME

Advokids Reaches Landmark Settlement with Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services; Statewide Implications Predicted

Foster child's death spurred three-year legal battle by Bay Area Group.

Advokids' L.A County DCFS Lawsuit Press Release

 

A New Understanding of the Childhood Brain

May 19, 2017 | 44 videos

Video by The Atlantic

Over the past decade, new research has revealed the link between early trauma and lifelong mental health issues. These discoveries have since revolutionized social work, healthcare, and early education. Policy changes enacted in response to our understanding of the biology of trauma are prioritizing earlier interventions like nurse home visiting services for at-risk families, and an increase in pre-kindergarten programs.

This short animation by Nadja Oertelt is part of The Atlantic’s Next America: Early Childhood project, which is supported by grants from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Author: Nicolas Pollock

Watch how babies connect socially and emotionally to the loving caregivers in their lives, starting from birth!

Revised Version of ZERO TO THREE’s Still Face Video.

This 3-minute video demonstrates how much a baby’s well-being relies on responsive caregiving from parents. Dr. Ed Tronick developed the “Still Face Experiment” to demonstrate how important the connection between an infant and his or her closest caregiver is. In 2 minutes, this 7-month-old girl experiences escalating levels of distress when her mother fails to respond to her. Imagine how that translates into a childhood of unresponsive or frightening caregiving.

ANDREW

Andrew came into foster care at birth and was placed in a foster-to adopt home with Alicia and her husband. Andrew was 11 months old and thriving in their care when Alicia was told that Andrew was to be moved to a distant cousin whom he had never met. When Alicia called Advokids, visits had begun with the cousin and Alicia and Andrew’s pediatrician were very concerned about Andrew and the behavioral and health stress signals that Andrew was exhibiting after visits, including asthma attacks.

Mindful of the trauma a placement disruption could cause, Advokids’ hotline staff helped Alicia petition the juvenile court and share a letter of medical concern from Andrew’s pediatrician. In his letter, the doctor described the symptoms Andrew was exhibiting and shared the research findings on the dangers of precipitously moving a 12 month old who is securely attached to his caregivers.

Advokids also reached out to our pro bono panel and enlisted an attorney to help Andrew’s foster-to- adopt parents. With the help of the pro bono attorney, Andrew’s foster-to-adopt parents fully participated in their court hearing and brought vital information to the judge about Andrew and the laws that protected his current placement. As a result, the court intervened to stop the move and ordered Andrew to remain with Alicia and her husband, caregivers who had a deep, stable bond that was deemed to be critical for Andrew’s well being.

They are currently awaiting adoption finalization.

Read more of our children’s stories.

LATEST NEWS

 

It’s difficult to witness a child suffering from abuse, but it’s even more difficult to report child abuse only for nothing be done about it.

As April is Child Abuse Prevention month, California non-profit organization Advokids, which provides the only free telephone hotline to offer legal information for foster children in the state, is running a campaign to prevent child abuse reports from being ignored...Read More

Simple Legal Forms Can Protect California Children From Abuse, Neglect & Death

PRESS RELEASE UPDATED: APR 4, 2017 10:07 PDT Advokids launches awareness campaign for National Child Abuse Prevention Month San Francisco, CA, April 4, 2017 (Newswire.com) ...Read More

"We have been foster parents for 7  years.  We love Lucy and ALL the wonderful advice she has given us on 2 very challenging cases we had.  Advokids is priceless!!!"
Nicole Jen Lyn
Posted April 6, 2017
"I would like to share our appreciation and gratitude for your helpful legal advice and unwavering patients. This is a very painful and stressful time for us. Your compassion and guidance is giving us the support and tools we need to negotiate the challenges ahead. Thankfully there are advocates like you all for the love of children and their families."
Kate, Grandmother, San Francisco County, 2016
"Some months ago, you helped my wife Jenni and I with the case of our foster-to-adopt child. I simply wanted to thank you and to let you know that we signed adoptive placement papers this week, and we are anticipating finalizing our son's adoption in the next several weeks. We are very excited! It is a long story of how we got to this point, but suffice it to say that we took all of your advice, we were very proactive in dealing with the bureaucracy, we secured all manner of medical and Regional Center services for him, we received invaluable guidance from our FFA social worker, we actively engaged his attorney (who did what she could to help us, since we consistently acted in his best interest), and we were polite yet insistent with the DCFS social workers to press forward at every turn. Thank you again for your help and for all of your advocacy on behalf of vulnerable children like our son."  Anthony & Jennifer, Foster Parents, Los Angeles County, 2016
Words don't even come close to describing what Advokids means to me and my family. They saved our foster child's LIFE!!! The whole staff treats each child as if it is their own. At Advokids, the child is not a number. He or she is a real person with emotions and feelings. Please donate so that they can continue to help each one of us to give our foster children a VOICE in the courtroom.
Kelli – Foster to Adopt Parent 2014
My journey with Advokids began with one prayer, one click and one letter on their website. Advokids was heaven sent. They immediately responded, educated, empowered, and assisted me beyond belief. After seven months of excruciating heartache I am forever grateful that I was reunited with my little girl. Because of Advokids’ tireless efforts, dedication and passion to our children, foster parents and relative caretakers, my faith has been completely restored in pure human goodness!!! Thank you!
Tiana – Foster Parent 2014
I wanted to update you a bit and thank you again for all of your calm assistance during the sometimes turbulent last 14 months. Your guidance and compassion during this process was more than appreciated. It wasn't until we contacted you that we felt someone actually cared. You actually took the time to listen and talk us off all of the "ledges" this process presents. Your quick responses provided us comfort and reassurance, and we cannot thank you enough for being there for us.
Kristin – Foster to Adopt Parent 2014
As an agency social worker I am always looking for support from those educated about the law and dedicated to helping foster youth. I have reached out to Advokids on a variety of occasions asking for help and information on law. They have never failed me. Furthermore, I usually receive an email or a phone call in under an hour's time.  I encourage my foster parents to contact Advokids when in need and have several families who call them almost daily. Their kindness never wavers and their advice is priceless.
Danielle - Social Worker, Modesto, CA 2014

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