Children's Law Center of Minnesota

A nonprofit organization

Legal Advocacy for Youth in Foster Care

Since 1995 Children’s Law Center (CLC) has provided free legal services to Minnesota youth in foster care.  With the help of over 340 volunteers and volunteer attorneys, CLC provided these professional legal services to nearly 900 Minnesota foster children last year. In addition direct representation, CLC engages in systemic reform benefiting all of Minnesota’s foster children, and develops educational programming and materials for people involved in the child protection system and for homeless/at risk youth.

Youth in Foster Care Have a Right to a Lawyer 

  • In most cases, foster children have been abused or neglected, and then face the complicated child welfare system. Our attorneys empower them to share their wishes and perspective. 
  • Navigating child welfare court systems is complicated and confusing.  Minnesota state law allows children ages 10 and older to request a court-appointed attorney. 
  • Foster children are often not aware of the services and support to which they are entitled, such as sibling contact and independent living skills training.
  • It is important for children who are transitioning out of foster care to have a plan in place that will help them manage the next stages of their lives. Although required by law, these plans are often not implemented early enough and sometimes not at all.


Donate today! Children’s Law Center (CLC) does not charge any legal fees to the children it represents. Zero dollars. Donations from individuals, corporations and community groups ensure that CLC will be able to continue providing quality legal representation to foster children in Minnesota.  By making a donation, you are helping us help the kids who need it most.

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Children's Law Center of Minnesota

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450 Syndicate St N Ste 315
Saint Paul, MN 55104



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