As a California lawyer, you can make a different in a child’s life by volunteering as a pro bono attorney with Advokids. Our legal advocacy program goal is to make the California foster care system function as the law intended, keeping children safe and providing them with stability, security and permanency. Our legal services facilitate and support critical legal intervention on behalf of foster children. Advokids helps over 800 children annually, working every day to prevent and mitigate early childhood trauma, keeping county child welfare agencies and the courts focused on the power of prevention! There are no “do overs” for our children in foster care—thank you for joining us in our fight for their childhoods.
We train you. Since this could be the first time you work in the juvenile court system, Advokids offers a free, one-day, State-Bar-approved MCLE child welfare training for attorneys who are willing to accept at least one pro bono matter per year.
We support you. Once an attorney takes a case, our legal staff is available to provide consultation and support to the pro bono attorney throughout the life of the case.
You have enough time. We will work with you to find a case that fits your schedule.
Interested in getting involved as a Pro Bono Attorney?
"I am working on a case referred by Advokids that has been one of the most fulfilling professional experiences of my career. I represent a foster mother who had a child removed from her care without any notice or an opportunity to be heard. The child was placed with a distant relative despite my client's demonstrated desire to adopt the child and her clear qualifications to do so. We challenged the removal decision in both the juvenile and appellate courts, culminating in an oral argument before the California Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal agreed with us on all counts in an opinion that will set an important precedent in similar cases to come (which unfortunately are all too common). Throughout my work on the case, Advokids, particularly Jan and Margaret, have been unbelievably supportive and helpful. They are clear experts in juvenile dependency law, but more than that, they have a deep sensitivity and appreciation for the challenges facing foster parents, foster children, and the juvenile dependency system as a whole. I am incredibly grateful for the experience Advokids has given me and hope many more lawyers sign up to help Advokids continue to effect positive change in people's lives." -Blaire Stokes, 2015