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Advocates for Children and Youth

One N Charles Street, Suite 2400
Baltimore, MD 21201
Telephone: (410)547-9200
Email: [email protected]

Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY) works to improve the lives and experiences of Maryland’s children through policy change and program improvement. ACY provides advocacy and impact data as well as personalized stories to help tell the story of Maryland’s children in a simple way. This information is often used by state agencies, legislators and Maryland advocates.

Child Advocacy Clinic 
Center for Families, Children &  The Courts

University of Baltimore School of Law

1420 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md 21201
Telephone: (410) 837-5657
Fax: (410) 333-3053
Clinic Website: Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic - University of Baltimore (
Center Website: Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts - University of Baltimore (

Does Not Use Volunteer Attorneys

Students in the Child Advocacy Clinic represent low-income individuals and community organizations that could not otherwise afford legal representation. The clinic is focused on both lawyering skills and poverty law. The clinic has three staff attorneys and 20 to 25 students participate in the clinic each year. Clients are referred from social service agencies and judges.

Students Also Work On Special Projects, Including Testifying Before The General Assembly On Legislation That Impact Clinic Clients And Conducting Community Education Presentations At Homeless Shelters. The Law School Also Offers A Family Law Clinic And Family Mediation Clinic.

The Center for Families, Children And The Courts focuses on the development and implementation of family justice system planning and reform initiatives. The Center supports the creation of unified family courts, promotes a therapeutic and holistic approach to family justice issues, and undertakes projects, such as its truancy court program, within Baltimore and beyond. CFCC's student fellows program provides law students with a unique opportunity to experience the cutting edge of family justice system reform.

Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.

201 N. Charles Street, Ste 1104
Baltimore, MD 21201
Telephone: (410) 685-6589

Does Use Volunteer Attorneys

HPRP is Maryland's only legal services and advocacy organization dedicated to eliminating homelessness. HPRP’s staff and volunteers provide free legal services, including advice, counsel, education, representation and advocacy, for low-income persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. pursuing systemic solutions to homelessness is also a critical part of HPRP's work.

Homeless Youth Initiative

The Homeless Youth Initiative provides outreach, legal representation, and advocacy for and with homeless youth ages 13 to 25 who are unaccompanied by a parent or guardian in Baltimore City. the initiative operates two community-based legal clinics, one at a youth shelter and the other at a youth drop-in center. legal representation is provided in the areas of public benefits, housing, and expungement of criminal records.

Disability Rights Maryland

1500 Union Avenue, Suite 2000
Baltimore, MD 21211
Telephone: (410) 727-6352

50% Children’s Law

Does Use Volunteer Attorneys

Established in 1978, Disability Rights Maryland handles a number of cases a year involving children with disabilities. The center is staffed by 13 attorneys and eight paralegals. Clients are referred from the courts, schools, social service agencies, health care professionals and other attorneys. The center has teamed with the Maryland Bar Association to maintain a panel of pro bono attorneys who are available for special education cases that arise throughout the state. Cases are assigned through the bar association. Pro bono attorneys work independently once they are assigned a case, but back up is available from the staff attorneys. Volunteers report significant case progress in writing or by calling the center. Training is provided to volunteers on an as-needed basis. Psychologists, psychiatrists, or nurses are sometimes used as consultants on cases. The center is a protection and advocacy office and has brought impact cases, including a class action against a school district in violation of idea and a class action involving hospitalization of children and adolescents beyond the recommended discharge date.

Public Justice Center

1 North Charles Street, Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21201
Telephone: (410) 625-9409
Email: [email protected]

25% Children’s Law

The Public Justice Center (PJC) is a Maryland non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and expanding the legal rights of the under-represented. PJC only undertakes impact litigation. In the early 1990s, PJC successfully litigated a case involving the delivery of special education for youth incarcerated in adult prison, as well as a child abuse case that resulted in key reforms in the Baltimore City Department of Social Services.For more than a decade, PJC has been committed to children’s rights law, particularly the rights of homeless children. In 1996, PJC published a report entitled A Dream Deferred: A Report on Barriers to Education for Homeless Children and Youth, which focused on Maryland’s failure to comply with key provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This Act required states to remove barriers to educating homeless children. As a result of the PJC’s report, the Maryland State Department of Education has issued a comprehensive action plan responding to each of PJC’s recommendations for remediation.PJC is co-counsel for the plaintiff class of more than 5,000 foster children in Baltimore City in a class action to enforce a 1988 consent decree on their behalf. In 2009, the parties came to a proposed settlement which would replace the current consent decree with a new compliance and exit plan requiring BCDSS to adequately meet 40 exit standards in the areas of preservation and permanency planning, placement, health care, education and workforce before asking the federal court to terminate the consent decree.