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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

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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  • 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.


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.


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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"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 Foster Parent, 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
"Advokids is a major force 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 Parent, Los Angeles
Margaret Coyne and Advokids have been very helpful with advice on defacto parents, 388 hearings, prospective adoptive parent status, termination of parental rights, and adoption.  We finalized Andrew's adoption with the help of Advokids. 
Mark, Foster Parent, San Diego, 2017
"As a military family unfamiliar with California Law, your staff was extremely helpful in walking us through the foster care process. Our story is full of many miracles, but we have currently adopted one child and we're within 2 months of adopting our other little guy. We are thankful for the time you took to discuss our case and answer our questions."
-James, Monterey, 2016

I wanted to thank you for the help you provided the Mom. While nothing could be better than the return of her little baby girl, the comfort you gave her with your assistance is immeasurable. Thank you so very much. I will be making donations to your organization whenever I can, and asking others to do the same. :0)

Lisa, Family Friend, San Bernardino, 2019

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