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How to find assistance with legal matters...

The Children's Advocacy Institute is a policy advocacy organization, meaning that we do not assist individuals with private lawsuits or legal matters, nor can we provide legal advice or guidance on personal matters. If you are in need of legal assistance, please review the following options:

  • To report that a child is being abused or neglected, click here to see a list of California's child abuse reporting hotline numbers (by county). To find the child abuse reporting numbers in other states, click here.
  • The University of San Diego Legal Clinics offer free legal assistance to lower income individuals on a wide range of topics. For more information about the types of assistance available, please click here.
  • If you live in California, visit to find legal information, lawyers, and court programs on a wide range of issues, including child abuse/neglect, adoption, foster care issues, guardianship, delinquency matters, emancipation, custody, visition, child support, disability, public benefits, etc. If you live outside of California, visit to find resources in your area.
  • The American Bar Association website provides a state-by-state guide to finding legal help,
  • The California State Bar website provides various publications on topics such as how to find and hire the right lawyer, how to find legal asssistance, how to locate a local lawyer referral service, etc.
  • The California Judicial Branch website offers self-help information on a variety of topics, including . It also offers information on assistance that might be available from state superior courts in family law and small claims cases.
  • The Campaign for Justice website includes a list of 95 nonprofit organizations that provide or support free legal services to low-income Californians.
  • The Legal Services Corporation website includes a state-by-state listing of legal service programs that provide free legal assistance within established priority areas to eligible individuals.


The Children's Advocacy Institute cannot provide legal assistance on individual matters. If you need assistance with a legal matter, please click here.