CLC provides consistent, zealous, and effective legal representation for children ages 0-21 in the foster care systems in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Placer counties in California in all aspects of their dependency court case.
First and foremost, we advocate for the safety and well-being of each child we are court-appointed to represent. We emphasize and nurture positive, trusting relationships with our young clients, ensuring their ability to actively participate in the court process, and that they are educated regarding their rights. CLC’s advocacy model centers on individualized, independent investigation and critical analysis of each case. Our attorneys work effectively with CLC social work investigators and peer advocates, are knowledgeable of all relevant dependency case law, statues and court rules, use effective trial and courtroom presentation skills, negotiate with other counsel using sound case analysis and judgment, prepare witnesses, and apply evidentiary rules and objections.
CLC attorneys receive extensive and ongoing training in order to develop knowledge in subject matter areas such as child development, mental health, special education, trauma, domestic violence, immigration, and substance abuse in addition to a thorough understanding of dependency law.