Legal Aid Service of Broward County gives a voice to children in our community by providing free legal representation to income-eligible residents of Broward County. In helping children overcome different obstacles, and improving their access to education, foster care services, healthcare, and housing, we ensure that they have the support they need to live successful and productive lives.
Our Law Project provides free legal representation to youth in danger of entering or already within the juvenile justice and/or civil welfare systems. We work towards bridging the gap between the juvenile system and the community, effectively reducing juvenile court involvement and improving access to education, healthcare, and housing. Our strong relationships with social service networks allow us to provide legal education resources and training to the community.
Our Education Legal Rights Project (ELRP) defends the right to education by providing free legal assistance to children in our community. This includes protecting students with learning, physical, mental, or emotional disabilities – or any other disabling conditions under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), with needs not being met by the school system. Areas of assistance include:
Funded by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, our Legal Supports Project provides free legal counseling and representation to children and youth in foster care. When appropriate, we advocate for reunifications with biological parents, permanent guardianships, or adoptions.
Funded by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, our Kinship Project provides free legal assistance to eligible relatives and non-relative caregivers raising children in Broward County.
Juvenile Justice and Civil Welfare