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.

Our 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. Advokid's free Telephone Hotline, the only one of its kind in California, is currently opening 1100 new hotline cases each year. Most hotline callers are concerned about a young child in foster care who is experiencing trauma, or there is a planned event or series of events that threaten to cause unnecessary physical or emotional harm.

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We will train you.

Advokids will provide you with a state bar approved child-welfare training to get you started.

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We will support you.

Our legal team is available to you throughout the case for help with briefs, case law, communication, and clarity.

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Yes, you do have time.

We will work with you to find a case that fits your schedule.

If you are interested in becoming a pro bono attorney for Advokids, click below to send us your information.

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Tom Paoli, for Eli

Attorney Tom Paoli represented Eli's caregivers to fight for permanency when Eli's only 13-month long placement was threatened by an unnecessary move out of state.

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Blaire Stokes, for Malika

Attorney Blaire Stokes represented the Sacramento caregivers to advocate for  Malika, who was abruptly removed from a long-term stable placement.

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Pamela Tripp, for Jessica

Attorney Pamela Tripp represented Jessica's caregivers to communicate the toxic stress that traumatic visits were having on Jessica to the court.

"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

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Please join us in this opportunity to donate your energy and expertise to this vulnerable population of children.

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