Children’s Advocacy Project

Legal Aid Children's AdvocacyThe Team Child Project provides a voice to children in our community by providing high-quality free legal representation and advice to youth in danger of entering or has entered the juvenile justice system and/or civil welfare system.

We build strong relationships with social service networks and provide legal education resources/training to the community at large. In helping these children overcome obstacles of poverty, disability, abuse, abandonment and neglect, we ensure that they have the support they need to live successful and productive lives.

Team-Child bridges the gap between the juvenile system and the community in effectively reducing juvenile court involvement and improving access to education, healthcare, and housing.


The Dependency Law Project provides legal representation to dependent children in foster care who are victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment. The goal is to give voice to the children’s express wishes and to ensure that they receive the rights, entitlements, benefits and services they are entitled to under state and federal law.


The Children’s Education Legal Rights Project provides legal representation to students with needs that are not being met in the school system because of a learning disability, physical, mental or emotional disability, other health impairment, or other disabling condition under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The IDEA ensures that all children with disabilities affecting their education have available to them a free and appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living. Legal Aid attorneys provide services that include:

  • assisting students in receiving timely testing, IDEA eligibility determinations, and proper placement,
  • ensuring the student receives appropriate and effective special education services in a timely manner,
  • attendance and representation of students at individual education plan (IEP) meetings,
  • representation at administrative hearings and due process hearings and in litigation when necessary,
  • obtaining independent psychological evaluations from professionals outside the school system, and,
  • referrals as appropriate to outside social service organizations.

Intake Specialist: Coretta McClain
Telephone: (954) 736-2411

Paralegal: Brenda Ortiz
Telephone: (954) 736-2413

Project Attorney: Amanda Routman, Esq.

Telephone: (954) 736-2421


Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc. expanded their Child Advocacy Project in 2006 with the Kinship Project. The Kinship Project, funded by the Children Services Council of Broward County, provides free legal assistance to eligible relative caregivers who reside in Broward County, Florida. The Kinship Project was created to meet the social and legal needs of relative caregivers and the child(ren) they are caring for to establish and/or maintain stability of the caregiver’s home. Stability will be established through Petitions for Temporary Custody by Extended Family, Guardianships, and Adoptions. The goal of the project is to ensure the success of the caregiver household be reducing the stress and anxiety of the relative caregiver and minor child(ren).

Additionally, in collaboration with Kids In Distress, the Kinship Project will assist relative caregivers, the children, and their households in obtaining assistance in the following areas:

  • Access to health care and mental health services for the children and their caregivers;
  • Assistance in navigating the school system;
  • Information and legal assistance in obtaining public benefits;
  • An assessment of every family to determine legal and social needs of caregiver, children and household;
  • Legal assistance with establishing custody, age restricted housing, respite care, advanced directives, wills, living wills and trusts;
  • Supporting the kinship household with additional services available in the community such as respite care and children’s activities.

For more information please contact the Kinship Project at Legal Aid. Remember you are not alone, and we are here to help.

Helpful Websites:

Dependency Project

Education Legal Rights Project

Team Child Project

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