Childcare, Kinship, and Foster Parent Assistance
Many local laws and courts have been affected by COVID-19. Please use the search for legal help tool to find a legal aid organization or self help center near you for accurate information and more support.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.
Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.
National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System, National Emergency Child Locator Center, Unaccompanied Minors Registry, and American Red Cross Safe and Well.
The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.
The purpose of the program is to support parents as they transition to the stable, long-term child care necessary for the family to leave and remain off aid.
Apply online here instead of by mail, phone, or in-person.
Kin-GAP is a California and federally-funded payment program designed to support foster children who have been placed in long-term foster care with a relative caregiver.
If you disagree with a decision that MCAP has made regarding your eligibility, disenrollment, or transfer, you may appeal to the Executive Director.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
An advocate for foster youth.
This publication focuses on the primary child care subsidy programs in California and special considerations each program may have for families involved in the child welfare system.
What is Dependency? How can LSC help you? Can anyone other than Child Protective Services file a dependency petition? What happens next after Child Protective Services files a dependency petition? What if I am already in foster care and have questions? What if I am already in foster care and a Non-Minor Dependent (over the age of 18)? What if I have questions about AB12 or Higher Education? What if I exited foster care after the age of 18 but I want to come back in?
This guide tells you about different types of child care and early childhood education programs. It tells you how to look for them and for before- or after-school programs for your older grandchildren. It also describes how you may get help paying for this care.
The law says that anyone may file a complaint
against a family child care provider. This could include the parent of a child cared for in a family child care home, a parent of a child who used to receive care in a family child care home, a neighbor, a landlord or anyone else.
This question and answer guide is designed to address many of the frequently asked questions about protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the California foster care system from harassment and discrimination.
Guardianships, dependency proceedings, getting a child out of a shelter, visitation rights of grandparents, when permanent custody is necessary, adoption, foster care, public benefits, relative caregiver options chart, and school issues.
This document explains the school rights your child has after a disaster has happened.
This resource guide was designed to answer basic legal questions related to marriage, domestic partnerships, parenting, foster care, and youth issues.