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. Advokids 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.

Types of Pro Bono Cases

In a majority of the cases pro bono attorneys will be asked to represent a foster caregiver or a relative caregiver of a child in foster care who is seeking to access the juvenile court to bring critical information about a child.

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When Pro Bono Attorneys Come On Board, Children In Foster Care Experience:

 

  • Decreased separation and loss in family and caregiver relationships
  • Fewer placement disruptions
  • Increased visitation with caring relatives
  • Improved permanency outcomes including reunifications and adoptions
  • Less trauma and stress while in foster care

Frequently Asked Questions

Pro Bono Stories

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Tom Paoli, J.D. 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 J.D. 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 J.D. for Jessica

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

A Predictable Disaster

“A more vulnerable population in American society does not exist than children removed from the custody of their parents and placed into foster care.”

- American Medical Association

Infants and toddlers in foster care have emotional and developmental needs that are different from older children — their needs for permanency and stability are critical, yet they:

• Remain in foster care longer than older children

• Experience multiple placements

• Are more likely to re-enter care

Statistics on aged out foster youth, age 23-24:

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of males will have been arrested
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of females will have become pregnant
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will have become homeless
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will have no high school diploma or GED

Advokids' Solutions

Telephone Hotline
  • The only free telephone hotline support service of its kind in California
  • Legal information and support those directly and indirectly involved with a dependent of the court
  • Instructs callers on how to effectively bring information about a child to the attention of the Juvenile Court
  • Improves accountability and standards of practice in Juvenile Court, keeping children safer and improving their long-term outcomes
Attorney Consultations
Comprehensive Website
Statewide Trainings and Conferences
Appellate & Amicus Project

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

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