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Community Mobile Law Program

Kids’ Voice of Indiana has launched our new Community Mobile Law Program through a generous grant from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.  As part of the Derelle Watson-Duvall Children’s Law Center, it will provide training, resources and technical assistance to Marion County attorneys and free legal advice on family law issues to both youth and adults at local community centers.  The Program will be available to the clients and staff of the Shepherd Community Center, Mary Riggs Neighborhood Center, and the Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis to be a free legal resource for them.

To see where and when you can access the services of the Community Mobile Law Program, please click the button below. Mobile Law Locations and Dates

The Community Mobile Law Program will provide:

  • Free legal advice to both youth and adult clients at these community centers by having on-site legal clinics staffed by attorneys one day a month to answer questions, provide legal advice, and offer referrals to pro bono attorneys and other resources.
  • The Community Mobile Law Program will rotate through the four community centers.
  • These free services will provide advice in matters of divorce, custody, guardianship, adoption, child abuse and neglect, and other family law issues.
  • There will be eight informational sessions, free and open to the public, on family law and other topics. Presentations to youth would include: social media safety, juvenile delinquency, and other topics.
  • Four training sessions for community center staff will be conducted on topics such as recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect, how to prevent it, and other topics in family law.
  • Family Safety Planning information will be part of the scheduled informational sessions. Due to the new immigration laws, Kids’ Voice, along with our partners of the Coalition of Our Immigrant Neighbors (COIN), has prepared a packet of forms for immigrant families for safety planning, including forms created by Kids’ Voice on guardianship and power of attorney in the event the parent(s) are detained or deported by immigration.
  • Translators will be available at the on-site legal clinics and informational sessions so that attorneys will be able to communicate effectively with non-English-speaking clients.

 

We know the impact of the Community Mobile Law Program will be  immense.

The Program will provide:

  • New resources for these community centers, not only for their clients but one that will draw new people into the facility.
  • Provide clients with the ability to become self-sufficient in navigating their own legal issues and overcoming obstacles that will allow them to get jobs and establish a stable family life.
  • Assist in the prevention of crime by providing people in the area with resources to handle their legal issues and prevent them from resorting to crime to pay for legal services that are needed.
  • Reach out to the Latino and other immigrant families to get them the legal help they need and assure them that there will be no legal reprisals for seeking legal help. Kids’ Voice has the resources to help these Latino families with immigration issues, what their legal rights are, and setting up temporary guardianship for their children just in case something does happen.
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