- Overview of Organization and Services:
The mission of the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts is to promote and secure equal justice and to maximize opportunity for low-income children and youth by providing quality advocacy and legal services.
The Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts maintains a helpline through which it provides legal assistance, resources and referrals to youth, parents, attorneys and helping professionals.
Over-the-phone assistance: Through the helpline, CLCM provides information, resources, and referrals to callers statewide relating to the rights of children and youth in the following areas:
Education: including special education, school discipline, restraint and seclusion, educational access, school enrollment, etc.
Immigration: consultation on immigration issues relating to children only, including unaccompanied minors, Special Immigrant Juvenile, asylum, DACA, visas, etc.
Health/Mental Health: health and mental health services for youth, medical decision making rights of minors, etc.creates a hostile environment at school for the victim;
System-Involved Youth: rights of children & families involved with DCF, the CRA process, DYS, delinquency matters, etc.
The helpline can be reached at 1-888-KIDLAW8 (1-888-543-5298). Bilingual assistance (Spanish) is subject to staff availability.
- Additional Info:
Please note: At this time, the helpline is open Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 5PM
Full direct representation through the helpline: CLCM provides full, direct representation for children in Essex County. Callers living in Essex County may seek direct representation from CLCM through the helpline in cases involving education or immigration. CLCM also represents children by court appointment only in abuse & neglect, delinquency, and CRA cases. It cannot take these cases through the helpline.
Please note: CLCM does not represent parents or other adults.
Please note: CLCM does not provide legal assistance to children in parental custody matters.
For representation in custody matters:
Look for a legal services lawyer in the Legal Resource Finder.
Seek assistance from the Lawyer for a Day program at your local Probate and Family Court.
Contact an attorney on the list of Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) Attorneys for your county.
- Demographics Served:
Children: 12 and under, Families, Youth: 13-18
- City/Towns Served:
Amesbury, Newbury (incl. Byfield), Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury
- Types of Services Provided:
Child Protection, Immigrant Services, Legal Assistance, Special Education
- Address: 298 Union St. Lynn, MA 01901
- Phone: 781-581-1977
- Email: Info@CLCM.org
- Website: http://www.clcm.org/
- Hours of Operation: At this time, the helpline is open Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 5PM