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Child & Adolescent Legal Services (CALS) Program

The CALS Program serves as an umbrella of sorts for most CLCM activities, including its individual legal representation in education, child welfare and juvenile justice matters; trainings and technical assistance; information and referral (including our statewide help-line, 1-888-KIDLAW8); systems reform initiatives such as research and analysis, statewide task force and committee involvement, and appellate and legislative advocacy; and, outreach to clinical and other non-profit agencies serving low-income youth. By far the CLCM's largest endeavor, CALS commands close to half of its overall budget dollars. Nearly 400 indigent children are provided individual representation through CALS on an annual basis. Thousands of other children, parents, attorneys and helping professionals benefit annually, on average, from the program's trainings, requests for technical assistance, and related services.


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