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Educational Advocacy for Children in Foster Care and/or Juvenile Justice System

Name of Non-Profit Agency: 
Center for Children's Advocacy
Contact: 
Martha Stone
Executive Director
mstone@kidscounsel.org
860-570-5327
Why is this assistance important to these clients? 
These youth have no other advocates to speak up for them and enforce their legal rights.
Who are the clients? 
Children 3-18 in the care and custody of DCF. Youth who are 12 and over and who are at risk of incarceration.
What legal strategies do the pro bono lawyers use to assist the clients? 
Administrative advocacy; administrative complaints with the State Dept. of Education.
If the pro bono attorney will be appearing for the client, in what court or other forum will that appearance be? 
Administrative hearing.
What are the outcome goals of this assistance? 
Educational achievement.
What time commitment is required to do this pro bono work? 
Dependent upon the case; need to go through training program if no special education background.
Where is the pro bono work done? (For example, at a legal aid office or at the pro bono attorney's office.) 

At pro bono attorney's office.

Give a short (1-paragraph) case example: 
Johnny is 12 and is in foster care. He is failing all his courses and did poorly on the mastery tests, in part because he has been moving from school system to school system as he bounces between residentials, group homes and foster homes. No school system has properly identified him or given him what he is legally entitled to.
If it is important that a pro bono lawyer already has particular legal background or training, please describe. 
Prefer background in special education law.
What training is provided to pro bono lawyers doing this work? 
Some training in special education law.
Who provides the training? 
Staff at the Center for Children's Advocacy.
Where is the training held? How long does the training last? 
Training is held at University of Connecticut School of Law... one day.
Who are the adverse parties (if any) for this type of work (for example, landlords, spouses, banks, government entities)? 
School districts.
At what time of day is the pro bono work done (example evening clinic)?: 
Daytime
Does this pro bono work require full admission to practice in Connecticut? 
Yes
Can the training be attended remotely (webinar or teleconference)? 
No.
When is the next training (after October 1) and how often is training offered? 

Not yet scheduled.

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