Each year, over 120 volunteer attorneys provide services that focus on the unmet civil legal needs of children and youth.

Maricopa County programs coordinated by the Children's Law Center have been making a difference since 1998. Special program funding and collaboration with numerous community agencies, organizations and the Maricopa County Courts contribute to the success of the Law Center. Special projects fill the gaps in legal assistance for children of diverse ethnic, racial and lower economic backgrounds.

Individuals eligible for Community Legal Services:

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Guardianship Project

The Guardianship Project assists vulnerable children whose parents are not able or willing to provide appropriate care for them. Many grandparents, other relatives and non-relatives are taking care of children who cannot live with their parents. Although caretakers have physical custody of the children, they often have no legal authority to access health care for the children, enroll them in school or obtain other needed services. The CLC arranges volunteer attorneys to represent eligible caretakers in obtaining guardianship and providing protection and stability for the children. Eligibility is determined by applying for services with Community Legal Services.

Adoption Project

The Adoption Project assists children, who are disadvantaged, achieve the stability, security and permanency that adoption can provide. Eligibility is determined by applying for services with Community Legal Services.

Programs in the Community:

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Free Advice Clinic for Teens (FACT)

The FACT clinic provides youth with the opportunity to consult with a volunteer lawyer to resolve legal problems. Attorneys are available to visit group homes, youth organizations and other community sites.

Teens at Work: 101 and 102

Outreach programs through various Maricopa County high schools provide hundreds of students with information about job-related rights and responsibilities.

Medical Legal Partnership

The Children's Law Center partners with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law to identify and refer low income families from community medical clinics for assistance with legal issues.

Guardianship Clinic

Volunteer lawyers present information to the community about filing for guardianship with the Court. The Law Center partners with community organizations such as Duet, Partners in Health and Aging and the Golden Gate Community Center to reach more families who are sometimes already providing care but have no legal authority. Grandparents seeking guardianship of grandchildren is a common request for legal information.

Program coordinated with the Court:

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Court Advisor Project

The Children’s Law Center (CLC) and the Maricopa County Superior Court coordinate this project to ensure that children have a voice when their parents are involved in high conflict custody cases in Family Court. A Family Court Judge makes the initial referral for the family to meet with a volunteer lawyer who serves as a Court Appointed Advisor (CAA). The CLC supports the volunteer attorneys and the Court in providing protection for the best interests of the children.