Children’s Law Center

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Fighting for DC kids

Every child deserves to have a stable family, good health, a quality education and to live in a world in which racism, trauma and poverty are eliminated as barriers to success.

Who We Are

We help the DC community by:

A stable family is a critical building block for a child’s success. We are appointed by judges in the District court to represent children in foster care or when caregivers are disputing custody.

Our Impact: Family
Rice family

“They’re my everything. They’re my hearts.”

Meet the Rice Family

Every child can learn if they are in the right educational setting. This is especially important for students with disabilities. Our lawyers work with the parents and school to get a child’s education back on the right path.

Our Impact: Education
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"My lawyer made sure I knew the right questions to ask before each school meeting." - Ms. Eury

Improving Micah and Haven's education

Some problems can’t be fixed by medicine alone. Our lawyers work side-by-side with pediatricians to find and fix the root causes of a child’s health problem.

Our Impact: Health

“I kept calling the rental office, but no one would answer. Children’s Law Center listened.” - Ms. Bowen

Deveah’s Healthy Housing Puzzle

We partner with District agencies, the DC Council and community organizations to find and implement city-wide solutions and systemic changes that benefit all DC kids.

Our Impact: Systemic Reform

One Moment in a Year of Advocacy

FY24 DC Budget Wins
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Read Our 2022 Annual Report

The children and families we serve balance many moving pieces in their lives. While they may first come to us for help on one issue, we often find other pieces that need to come together to create the picture they want to build. Learn how we worked to create new possibilities for DC children and families in 2022.

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Strategic Framework

2023 marks an exciting opportunity to increase our impact for years to come. Read our new mission, vision and 2023-2027 strategic framework.