California Foster Care Ombudsperson
California Office of the Foster Care Ombudsperson (OFCO) advocates on behalf of foster children and youth regarding their care, placement, and services. The OFCO is an autonomous entity that is empowered to investigate and informally resolve complaints impacting foster youth, increase awareness about foster youth rights, and make recommendations to help support systemic change.
National Association of Counsel for Children
National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) is a non-profit professional membership and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing justice for children, youth, and families.
American Bar Association Children & the Law https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_interest/child_law/
The Center promotes access to justice for children and families. Our team of attorneys and core staff work on a diverse portfolio of national, regional and local projects in the children’s law field throughout the country
California Legal Regulations, Forms and Data
State Regulations https://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/letters-and-notices
State Child Welfare Data https://ccwip.berkeley.edu/
Juvenile Court Forms https://www.courts.ca.gov/forms.htm?filter=JV
Child Welfare Services Policy Manual https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/cs/child_welfare_services/policies.html
San Diego County Child Welfare Services Policy Manual
A Parent's Guide to Child Welfare Services
Access the full guide here.
County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency
Superior Court – Rules of Court
San Diego County Superior Court, Juvenile Court Rules
San Diego Lawyer Referral and Information Services
The San Diego Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) helps you resolve your legal troubles so you can move on with your life and have peace of mind. Our bilingual referral staff determines if your problem is a legal one and can direct you to the appropriate community groups or lawyers in San Diego who are best suited to help you with your legal needs.
Casa Cornelia Law Center:
Casa Cornelia Law Center is a public interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations. The Center has a primary commitment to the indigent within the immigrant community in Southern California. Casa Cornelia strives to educate others regarding the impact of immigration law and policy on society and the public good. Casa Cornelia provides free legal services to indigent minors in need of legal services and representation within the immigration law context. Please visit our website www.casacornelia.org or call 619-231-7788 to apply for services.
Legal Aid Society of San Diego:
The Legal Aid Society of San Diego can help children (under the age of 18) with qualifying disabilities obtain Supplemental Security Income (SSI). We prepare and file applications at the initial and reconsideration level. Our attorneys also offer representation at SSI hearings with an Administrative Law Judge, Appeals Council and Federal District Court. We specialize in parental deeming, hearings, medical records requests and analysis. All our services are free. Now offering legal clinics in North County and South Bay. For more information call 844-774-5463 or visit the website.
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program:
Provide equal access to the justice system by serving as a bridge between indigent and other disadvantaged people in San Diego County and the volunteer lawyers and others who are willing to donate their time and resources.
University of San Diego Free Legal Assistance
USD Legal Clinics are funded by the University of San Diego and, in part, by grants from the State Bar of California and the U.S. Department of Treasury. Services are available to lower income individuals.
Disability Rights California
Disability Rights California works to bring about fairness and justice for people with disabilities.
Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy
Providing free legal information, advice and representation to regional center clients.
The Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy (OCRA) is part of Disability Rights California. OCRA is funded through a contract with the California Department of Developmental Services. OCRA has been providing advocacy services to regional center consumers, their families and interested community members since 1999. The Clients' Right Advocate can help with legal problems, conduct trainings and investigate denials of rights.