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Children's Law Center, Inc. (CLC) is a unique non-profit legal service center protecting the rights of children and youth to help them overcome barriers and transition into adulthood, better self-advocate for their needs, and successfully contribute to society. It provides individual legal advocacy to children and youth, and through public policy work, training and education, impact litigation, and juvenile defender support services, seeks to improve the systems that serve them. CLC offers services in both Kentucky and Ohio, and collaborates with other organizations within the region and nationally on a variety of topics. There are no client fees for our services.
Children’s Law Center was created in 1989 in Newport, Kentucky. Our work began in Kentucky, and expanded to systemic reforms in Ohio in 2003. In 2009, CLC expanded its operations adding a branch office in Lexington, Kentucky to better serve children in other portions of the Commonwealth including Louisville. In 2011, CLC expanded its work at the Covington, Kentucky office with the addition of the Children’s Law Clinic at Salmon P. Chase College of Law, now housed in CLC’s newly renovated third floor. In 2013, CLC received funding to expand its direct service Education Advocacy program for children in Louisville, Kentucky with a branch office there.
The Children’s Law Center’s core mission is to help the most vulnerable in our communities, i.e. children. Through legal representation and advocacy efforts, the CLC seeks to insure that our children have a voice in the legal and criminal justice system.
I first became involved in the CLC when I observed first hand their efforts at securing the rights of children. Since its founding 25 years ago the CLC has been a tireless champion of children. Through the CLC’s efforts many children in Kentucky and Ohio have had their rights restored, whether in the criminal justice system or in our schools.
I am proud to be associated with the CLC, few other organizations fight as hard as the CLC staff does every day to help those who often have no voice of their own.
1) All children are entitled to obtain a free and appropriate public education.
2) All children and youth should be afforded a safe permanent home using a continuum of services and the least restrictive alternative appropriate to meet their needs.
3) Youth in the juvenile justice system should receive fair and equitable treatment with due process rights afforded to them at every stage, access to quality representation, and individualized strength-based services.
A Holistic Approach to Legal Representation and Advocacy
Children's Law Center, Inc. (CLC) is a unique non-profit legal service center protecting the rights of children and youth to help them overcome barriers and transition into adulthood, better self-advocate for their needs, and successfully contribute to society. Through our holistic approach to individual representation, CLC recognizes the challenges our child clients face. Facing these challenges result in our child clients’ involvement in varies legal and other systems. These system involvements call for legal advocacy to protect our child clients’ rights in order for them to achieve better outcomes:
· Childhood Maltreatment
· Inequitable Treatment
· Lack of Viable Family Support
Which result in systems involvement:
· Family, Juvenile, and Criminal Justice Systems
· Child Welfare System
· Disruption to Education Process
· Mental health system
This calls for legal advocacy to protect children’s rights so they may achieve better outcomes:
· Economic Opportunities
· Safety and Wellbeing Factors
· Education Opportunities
· Stable and Supportive Living Situation
Children’s Law Center has a history of providing legal representation and education advocacy to children in order to resolve conflicts, improve child wellbeing, and decreasing problem behaviors. Previous statistics maintained by Children’s Law Center indicate that more than 80% of children show improvement in these areas through our intervention. 89% of our clients experience positive legal outcomes.
Kim Tandy is the Executive Director and founder of the Children’s Law Center in Covington, Kentucky. The Center was established in 1989 to protect the legal rights of children in Kentucky through direct representation, research and policy development, and training and education. Tandy began the Center after she completed her JD at Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Social Work at Northern Kentucky University. Her prior employment was with Brighton Center, where she was the Director of Youth Service programs, and served several years as the Associate Director.
Tandy’s work at the Center includes focus on juvenile justice, children in need of protection, and education rights. She has spearheaded several class action civil rights cases on behalf of youth who are incarcerated, or lack the means to access the court to address constitutional violations, in both Ohio and Kentucky. Tandy has lectured as an expert on indigent defense reforms, conditions of confinement, special education, and post-dispositional advocacy at numerous state and national conferences, and has authored or co-authored a number of juvenile justice publications. In 2003, she was awarded the American Bar Association’s Livingston Award, the highest honor for juvenile justice accomplishments.
Children's Law Center (CLC) provides attorneys
to represent children & youth in legal and administrative proceedings
providing desperately needed legal advocacy to our region's most vulnerable
children with disabilities, victims of crime and otherwise disadvantaged
children. Our help means that children get educational services, have a voice
in domestic cases, and are provided with meaningful community programs. CLC
provides advocacy to youth transitioning into society from out of home
placement and offers unique services to youth: Transition civil matters, Legal
Support, Education Services, Social Services, Transition Planning, etc.
The Children’s Law Center works with law students from Salmon P. Chase College of Law, the University of Kentucky Law School, and the University of Cincinnati Law School on fellowships and externships. Additionally, social work and criminal justice students from Northern Kentucky University, University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, and Xavier University, along with students from various universities across the nation, have volunteered or completed internships through the Center. Social work students enhance CLC work in a variety of ways, from direct client assistance to coordinate community organizing and education for large scale legislative and policy reform.
Staff and students have produced numerous publications around issues involving the rights of children which are distributed free to judges, attorneys and other professionals working with youth.
The Children’s Law Center uses research and innovative community-based initiatives to develop sound public policies for children in the legal and social service systems. The Center has been involved in research projects concerning the use of secure detention for juveniles, school crime and violence, and the right to counsel for child victims. Research projects are used as part of a broader effort to promote accountability among government agencies providing services to children.
The Children’s Law Center receives hundreds of calls each year from children seeking clarification of their legal rights, parents requesting referral sources for their children, attorneys requiring technical assistance, and social service providers with questions concerning the rights of their clients. Center staff provides telephone assistance and makes referrals to other attorneys and agencies as appropriate.
Changing economic and political climates require innovative solutions to problems facing children. The Center continually develops and reviews its programs to ensure that they meet the most prevalent needs of its clients. In addition, the Center has worked with other agencies, both in Kentucky and around the country, to develop and replicate successful projects that have improved the quality of advocacy services for children.
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