Free legal and social services
For youth with immigration, education, foster care or guardianship issues.
Mon & Thurs: 1:30 to 4:30 pm
English Warmline Number: (415) 780-6366
Linea de Consulta Telefónica en Español: (415) 780-6367
Legal Services for Children is a non-profit legal services and social work provider offering free legal advocacy, social-emotional support, information, advice, and referrals to low-income children and youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our services help young people who need legal support with guardianship (changing who the young person’s legal guardian is), dependency (foster care), education (with a focus on expulsion defense), and immigration (help securing a path to lawful immigration status for undocumented minors, assistance with DACA applications, and support for minors who are in, or have recently been released from, immigration detention in Northern California).
We believe that legal interventions alone are ineffective to change the lives of our clients. We use an interdisciplinary approach that includes social work services to ensure that clients’ physical health, mental health, educational, and other needs are met so that they can recover from trauma and truly flourish.
Freedom from Deportation
We believe that children and youth cannot reach their full potential if they live in fear of deportation. We represent children in immigration cases to ensure that they can remain in a safe place with access to opportunity.
Safety and Stability at Home
We believe all children deserve safe and stable homes and where they have access to educational and health opportunities. We represent children in guardianship and foster care cases to ensure that they have the stability they need to thrive.
Access to Education
We believe that school discipline is a major driving force in the inequitable educational outcomes faced by low income children and children of color. We represent Bay Area students in expulsion hearings in order to ensure access to education and to work against educational inequity.