Children's Law Center

Office Hours (9am-5pm, M-F)
616 H Street NW, Suite 300, District of Columbia, 20002

States where the organization has representation or a license to practice law

  • Washington, D.C.


Children’s Law Center fights so every DC child can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. With 100 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, Children’s Law Center reaches 1 out of every 9 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. Children's Law Center attorney's represents children's best interest in child welfare and custody proceedings and caregivers in custody, housing and education proceedings. Children's Law Center also has a policy team that advocates locally for changes that will bolster the health, education, and safety of children and families.

Location(s) of the organization

  • Washington, D.C.

Type of Organization

  • Legal Services
  • Policy Advocacy: State
  • Policy Advocacy: Local

Specialized Competency

Child welfare: We also have a helpline that anyone can call to obtain legal information or referrals or seek representation. We represent the best interests of children who are residents of DC even if they are placed outside the district for shelter care.

Target Populations and Restrictions

Populations Served

Domestic, Foreign

Language Capabilites

Amharic, English, French, French Creole, Spanish,

Target Populations


  • Serve all genders


  • Serve all genders

Service Restrictions

Other: Restrictions are based on where the potential client lives. We also screen for conflicts of interests and that can restrict our ability to represent potential clients.

Direct Victim Services

Basic Necessities

  • Legal family reunification (e.g. returning citizens, welfare)

Legal Services

  • Civil legal advocacy
  • Legal aid/pro bono services for housing
  • Victim advocacy (includes vacating convictions, crime victim's rights and services, & explanation of legal rights and protections)


  • Unpaid internships

Other Services

Other Legal Services: Child welfare, custody, special education, housing cases where a child's health is threatened, Guardian ad litem appointed by judge

Contact Information

Other Contacts

Policy Director
202-467-4900 ext 565

Aubrey Edwards-Luce
Policy Attorney
202-467-4900 ext 609

Chrissy Smith
Legal Director
202-467-4900 ext 500