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Nothing should stop a kid from being a kid.

Every child should have a chance to learn, grow and thrive in school and at home. But injustices stemming from racism, poverty and trauma have placed a heavy burden on our community, meaning not all kids have the same opportunities. By providing legal assistance and advocating for systemic reform, we can help balance the scales, bring joy to those who need it most and let kids be kids.

50,000+ children and families reached since 1996.

$10,000 average reduced Medicaid costs when we resolve unhealthy housing issues.

50+ laws created or changed that improve the lives of DC children.

How We Work

Our team of lawyers, social workers and investigators are dedicated to giving each child they meet a fighting chance. And we extend our impact through the strategic work of our policy, communications and appellate teams.

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We fight so every DC child can grow up with:

We increase our impact and reach by:

  • Individual Assistance

    We’ve reached more than 50,000 children and families over the past 27 years – helping them tackle seemingly insurmountable problems.

  • Pro Bono Partnerships

    Our pro bono lawyers achieve real results for children and families in need and extend our impact in the community.

  • Systemic Reform

    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.

2023 Annual Report

Creating lasting solutions for complex societal issues takes expertise and hard work over many years. Meet the children and families whose urgent problems we addressed in 2023 and learn about the progress we made toward systemic reforms.

Read Our Annual Report
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Strategic Framework

Since 1996, Children’s Law Center has listened, learned and evolved to meet the changing needs of our clients and community. Read our strategic framework that will guide our next five years.


2023 Helping Children Soar Benefit

On September 28th, we gathered at District Winery on the Anacostia waterfront for our annual Benefit!

Ways to Give

Children’s Law Center depends on the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations to make our work possible. As a result of their support, we are able to continue fighting – and winning – for thousands of DC’s children and families.