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We help children and families tackle seemingly insurmountable problems.

On any given day, we help hundreds of children solve problems that no child should face. No child should have to wait months to meet with a therapist who can treat their depression. No grandparent should be without support when they step in to take care of their grandchild. No student should have to fight for the special education services she needs to learn. No parent should have to go to court to ensure their landlord fixes the moldy floor that is sending their child with asthma to the ER.

Together with DC children and families, community partners and pro bono attorneys, we use the law to solve children’s urgent problems today and improve the systems that will affect their lives tomorrow. Since our founding in 1996, we have reached more than 50,000 children and families directly and multiplied our impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit hundreds of thousands more.

50,000+ children and families reached since 1996

Over 100 tenacious staff including lawyers, social workers and investigators who get results for kids

3,500+ donors, board members and pro bono lawyers who support our work

Meet the Jurados

Our partners and supporters help us reach even more children and families:

DC’s leaders and professionals turn to us to get results:

  • Judges

    Each year, the judges of DC Superior Court appoint us to represent many hundreds of children who were abused or neglected or whose caregivers are disputing custody.

  • Pediatricians

    Pediatricians, nurses and social workers in six community health centers turn to us to help identify and resolve the root causes of their children patients’ health problems.

  • DC Government

    The Mayor, District agencies and the DC Council look to us to develop citywide recommendations that ensure policies, programs and funding meet the needs of all District children.

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Meet Our Children and Families

We are honored to share the lived experiences of the children and families with whom we work — their determination, tenacity and self-advocacy are essential to everything we do. Read their stories.

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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.

Meet our Boards

Our Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Emeritus Board ensure that Children’s Law Center remains at the forefront in providing legal and systemic advocacy to DC’s children and families.

Our Boards