FJI is a partnership between the Children’s Law Center of California, the Center for Family Representation, the ABA Center on Children and the Law, and Casey Family Programs.

Children’s Law Center of California (CLC) represents children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned that come under the protection of the Los Angeles, Sacramento, or Placer County Juvenile Dependency Court systems. With a combined staff of nearly 450 lawyers, paralegals, and investigators, CLC represents all of the 33,000 children under the jurisdiction of these dependency courts. CLC is often seen at the forefront of much needed local, state and national policy change and system reform.

The Center for Family Representation (CFR) provides families in crisis with free legal assistance and social work services to enable children to stay with their parents safely.  CFR works to keep children out of foster care entirely or keep their time in care to a minimum. Every year, CFR serves more than 2,100 families in New York City. CFR works in the courtroom and in the community to keep families intact and prevent children from entering foster care.

The ABA Center on Children and the Law (the Center) promotes access to justice for children and families. The Center’s 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. Center projects are unified by two complementary goals: improving legal representation and improving the legal systems that impact children and families.

Together, with our collaborators from around the country, we work to ensure that every child and every parent has access to high-quality legal representation when child welfare courts make life changing decisions about their families.