What we do

Every day for over 40 years, the Children’s Law Center has advocated for children and youth in Colorado who have experienced trauma or instability. Unfortunately, far too often, the needs of children and youth are not naturally met – by parents, families, schools, and others. The barriers these young people then face in achieving safety, stability, connection, and opportunity are best addressed through legal advocacy. We know the needs of young people span their entire childhoods — from birth all the way to young adulthood — so our multidisciplinary teams of lawyers and clinical staff support families during many key moments along the way. Whether in courtrooms, in classrooms, at community tables, or in the legislature, we advocate so that every young person has what they need to reach their full potential.

Every young person deserves an advocate — someone to walk with them through times of difficulty and beyond. 


Our Strategies

Direct Legal Advocacy
When families are in the midst of crises, we walk alongside them. We provide consultation, direct legal representation, and multidisciplinary support to meet the needs of our clients.

Advocacy for Students

The right to a high quality education is for all kids, regardless of their circumstances. We come alongside kids who need someone in their corner to make sure their education rights are being honored.

Advocacy for Caregivers

Stable, loving caregivers are essential for kids. We assist grandparents, aunts, uncles and other non-relative caregivers to provide safety and stability for the kids in their care.

Advocacy to Protect Children

Studies show a dramatic correlation between domestic violence and child abuse. In the only program of its kind in the country, we advocate for kids in civil protection order hearings to prevent further trauma.

Advocacy for Young Adults

Youth who have experienced foster care, homelessness, or other trauma face many obstacles as they transition to adulthood. We work to remove barriers by providing assistance on civil legal matters that frequently impact these populations.

Systemic Advocacy
We believe that when systems aren’t working for children, youth, and families, we should fight to change them. Whether testifying at the legislature, piloting innovative practices, building coalitions of community partners, or empowering young people to use their own voices for advocacy, we are committed to challenging the status quo so that young people and their families don’t experience the same crises in the future.

Safe Babies Court Team

project Foster Power

The Catalyze Initiative

Policy & Training

The Children’s Law Center staff, especially Kacie Mulhern, is knowledgeable, thorough and perceptive when addressing the best interest of a vulnerable child, but they are also mindful of the feelings and vulnerabilities of the adults involved.

Carolyn Jones - CAP Client