The attorneys in our Child Advocacy Unit represent dependent children in Juvenile Court. Our team is comprised of attorneys and paralegals who work closely with the Social Services Unit to ensure delivery of the highest quality representation to our juvenile clients. We do a thorough and comprehensive review of each client's background, delving into any history of abuse and neglect, mental health and substance abuse, and special education matters. This is essential in order to understand and explain to the court the circumstances that brought the child to the dependency system, explore the most effective social services interventions and treatment options, and determine the best placement options for that child if necessary.
The Child Advocacy Unit also works closely with the Juvenile Delinquency Unit on any delinquency matters that child may have, as well as advocating for improvements in child welfare practices and the juvenile court system. We also work closely with the Policy Division in forging partnerships with school and community-based organizations in advocating for systemic reform.