Children's Rights Litigation

Indiana

Homeless Youth Justice Program
(Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic)

3333 N Meridian Street, Suite 201
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208 (Offices also in Fort Wayne)
Telephone:  (317) 429-4131
Website:       https://www.nclegalclinic.org/homeless-youth-justice-program
Email:            contactus@nclegalclinic.org

The Clinic provides legal services to homeless youth with respect to a variety of legal issues, including family law, accessing education, dealing with domestic violence, accessing benefits, obtaining identification, and more. All clients the Clinic serves in this program are referred directly from Outreach, Inc., which guarantees they also have access to other vital social services. 

Kids’ Voice of Indiana

127 E. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Email:               info@kidsvoicein.org
Website:          www.kidsvoicein.org
Telephone:     (317) 558-2870

Children’s Law Center of Indiana (CLCI) Ext. 334
Safe Child Parenting Time Ext. 328
Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for Kids Ext. 351
General Information Ext. 100

100% Children’s Law

Does Use Volunteer Attorneys

Kids’ Voice of Indiana manages and oversees three key programs vital to child protection and law: Derelle Wtson-Duvall Children’s Law Center of Indiana, Bette J. Dick GAL for Kids, and supervised parent-child visitation. The Derelle Watson-Duvall Children’s Law Center of Indiana is a resource center for Indiana attorneys and other professionals. The primary objectives of the center are the training and education of professionals who serve children. The center does not provide direct legal representation for children or adults. The center promotes multidisciplinary excellence in children’s law by providing education and training, legal assistance and resources, and best practice and policy recommendations.

The Bette J. Dick GAL for Kids provides guardian ad litem (GAL) services for children using trained, supervised, represented community volunteers and pro bono attorneys. The program is appointed to represent and protect the best interest of the children by judicial officers of the Marion Superior Courts, civil division and probate division and the Marion Circuit Court, paternity division. Clients are referred from juvenile court, social service agencies, schools, health care professionals, other attorneys and clients themselves. The office does accept calls from the public seeking legal information. The program provides training for lay volunteers, and volunteer attorneys. Volunteer attorneys receive written materials and can attend training sessions, though it is not required. Volunteer attorneys who serve as GAL’s can also attend a free CLE seminar.

Pro Bono Program
Indiana Legal Services

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Telephone:    (812) 945-4123
Website:          www.indianalegalservices.org

Does Use Volunteer Attorneys

The Pro Bono Program began as a joint effort by Indiana Legal Services, Inc. and local bar associations in 1994. Clients are referred from social services agencies, health care professionals and other attorneys. Approximately 120 volunteer attorneys are recruited through a local bar association, local law firms and the courts, and handle roughly 80 cases a year.

Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic
Indiana University Maurer School of Law

116 S Indiana Ave, Suite 303
Bloomington, IN 47408
Telephone:     (812) 855-9229
Website:          https://www.law.indiana.edu/academics/experiential-education/clinics/mediation-and-family.shtml

100% Children’s Law

Does Not Use Volunteer Attorneys

The Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic trains law students to mediate disputes involving families with children, such as custody, parenting time, child support, and related disputes between parents in family law cases. The clinic benefits from a training and research collaboration with the university’s department of psychological and brain sciences. The interdisciplinary nature of the clinic is intended to improve the mediation process for families that mediate and to assist families in focusing on and reaching agreements that best meet their children’s needs.

Sixteen students participate in the clinic every year and become fully trained and registered domestic relations mediators in Indiana, with experience mediating between five and eight cases over the course of the semester. Most cases involve custody, parenting time, child support, and related disputes between families or guardians.