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  Melissa Colangelo, Children's Law Center · [email protected]
February 22, 2024 at 3:56 PM

A win for children and the law

DC Court of Appeals issues critical ruling on neglect cases   Every year, nearly two hundred DC children are removed from their parents and caregivers due to allegations of abuse or neglect. This initial separation can last months before the trial at which a ju…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
January 26, 2024 at 3:15 PM

Fighting for heat in the dead of winter

Precision public health helps kids   Last winter, Adrian, Alysha and their mom, London*, faced the coldest days of the year without heat.  London was seven months pregnant when she moved with her daughter into a new apartment in August. Though her apartment sh…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
January 11, 2024 at 4:06 PM

Children's Law Center in the news

Our lawyers' tenacious advocacy makes headlines   I’m starting the new year focused on what matters most. For me, that includes the children in our community.  Thinking you might also be trying to separate the wheat from the chaff, here are a few recent news s…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
December 29, 2023 at 3:56 PM

Double your impact -- but only through Sunday

Your support for Children’s Law Center can go twice as far if you give before the end of the year.     Before we ring in the New Year, I am reaching out one last time. Throughout December, I’ve shared stories of the children and families we’ve worked with: …
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
December 21, 2023 at 4:54 PM

Ms. George had tried everything...

Help us make the most of our match before it closes!     Despite their mother’s tenacious advocacy and their early diagnoses of autism and ADHD, Ms. George’s three sons faced significant delays in getting the educational support they needed to thrive.  We …
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
December 12, 2023 at 3:59 PM

With your help, students like Marina can accomplish their goals

Join us to help DC students get the support they need     Marina Jeffries* has known since 9th grade that she’s going to be an attorney when she grows up. In middle school, she thought she might want to be President, but she's figured out that as a lawyer s…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
November 30, 2023 at 4:12 PM

Children deserve safe and healthy housing

Help expand our impact in 2024     In our nearly 30 years, we’ve worked with tens of thousands of parents and caregivers like Ms. Taylor – families facing unhealthy housing conditions that harm their children’s health: leaks that open holes in the walls, pes…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
November 20, 2023 at 4:35 PM

Thank you for being part of our Children's Law Center community

Making space for joy in 2024   Our Children’s Law Center community is unique – a beautiful kaleidoscope of children, youth and adults with a diverse set of talents and experiences. Together, we are working toward a bold vision: a world in which all children hav…
  LaShanda Adams, Children’s Law Center · [email protected]
November 13, 2023 at 5:14 PM

Congratulations Tracy Goodman, Jerrold Scoutt Prize Winner

20+ years advocating for the health and safety of DC children     Last week, I had the pleasure of joining partners and supporters across the legal community to celebrate Children’s Law Center Healthy Together Director, Tracy Goodman. Tracy received the pre…
  Jen Masi · [email protected]
October 19, 2023 at 2:24 PM

"I felt like there was hope."

Join us for DC Pro Bono Week October 22-28     Ms. Robertson had always been close with her niece Dayani and nephew Dhani. But when the kids were 14 and 7 years old, their mother unexpectedly became ill.    The siblings moved in with Ms. Robertson. Dhani is…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
October 5, 2023 at 2:55 PM

“I’m so thankful I get to do the same for others like me.”

Working together to increase our impact     Last Thursday, we celebrated the Children’s Law Center community at our Helping Children Soar Benefit.    This community – from our staff and the parents and youth we work with to advocacy partners, policymakers,…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
September 26, 2023 at 3:16 PM

Will I see you Thursday?

Join us Thursday night for our Benefit at District Winery     On Thursday, we’ll be hosting our annual Helping Children Soar Benefit at District Winery from 6-9pm. Join us for a night of connecting with friends old and new, tasting great wines and enjoying a…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
September 15, 2023 at 2:44 PM

What we can accomplish as a community

Help us make enduring change for children and families     Parents, caregivers and youth in DC’s lowest-income neighborhoods have always advocated for their families and communities. Children’s Law Center is committed to supporting their efforts for sustain…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
August 24, 2023 at 2:35 PM

Don’t forget – our 2023 Benefit is just a month away

Get your tickets for our two special events in September     The children and families we meet are dealing with urgent issues – issues that are often rooted in long-term systemic challenges.   Each year we help thousands of children and families solve these…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
August 3, 2023 at 2:50 PM

Join us at two events this September!

Help us address urgent problems facing children and families     At Children’s Law Center, the children and families we meet are fighting to fix complex, urgent issues:   A deaf student who has gone months without a teacher who knows ASL A baby placed in …
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
June 27, 2023 at 2:30 PM

Building a better future for DC trans youth

Listening – and learning – in support of our trans community Every day, it seems, there is a news story about yet another state passing some form of harmful, anti-trans legislation or a video of an elec…
  Sharra E. Greer · [email protected]
June 14, 2023 at 2:42 PM

One Moment in a Year of Advocacy

Making the DC Budget Work for Children A youth mental health crisis. Rising housing costs. The end of pandemic benefits.   We work year-round to ensure DC government programs address challenges like th…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
May 25, 2023 at 2:48 PM

Disrupting racism and other forms of oppression

Digging deeper to improve the lives of DC children Children's Law Center sees racism, ableism and other forms of oppression show up in our work every day. Many times the impact can be traced to past d…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
May 8, 2023 at 3:25 PM

Honoring strong, determined mothers

Support DC mothers advocating for their families In our Annual Report, we introduced you to Ms. Hill and her daughter, Averii. Averii loves walking to school with her mom…
  Chip Magid, Board Chair · [email protected]
May 2, 2023 at 2:10 PM

Update: Our 2023 Helping Children Soar Benefit

Be part of this year's celebration Good morning!   In case you missed it – add our 2023 Helping Children Soar Benefit to your calendar: Thursday, September 28th at 6pm! We’l…
  Erica McCollum · [email protected]
April 21, 2023 at 2:01 PM

Celebrating our Champions for Children!

Meet our 2022 winners When DC kids and families faced unprecedented challenges brought on by the pandemic, our supporters were there. And when those challenges were compounded by …
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
April 11, 2023 at 2:03 PM

A kaleidoscope of possibilities

What we accomplished together in 2022 Friends, DC children and families face complex problems with many moving parts: Ms. Deans reached out to us when u…
  Kathy Zeisel, Children's Law Center · [email protected]
April 5, 2023 at 2:20 PM

Increasing Our Impact: New Legal Strategies

Adding more legal tools to our toolbox A core part of our new mission focuses on how we as an organization are using the law to solve children’s urgent problems today and improve the systems that will a…
  Allison Alexander · [email protected]
February 21, 2023 at 4:20 PM

Save the date: September 28, 2023!

Mark your calendars for our 2023 Helping Children Soar Benefit You're invited to our Helping Children Soar Benefit this September at District Winery! Last …
  LaShanda Adams · [email protected]
February 9, 2023 at 3:10 PM

Supporting parents, helping kids

Building legal assistance for parents into our strategic framework Children thrive when their parents have the time and resources to guide them through life’s inevitable challenges. Burdens of poverty …
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
January 10, 2023 at 3:09 PM

Moving boldly into the new year

Announcing our new mission and vision for DC children Happy New Year! The new year allows us all a moment to pause, to reflect and to evolve. For Children’s Law Center, 2023 marks an exciting opportun…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
December 30, 2022 at 3:08 PM

Tomorrow is the last day to double your impact

Your gift will be matched if you donate before midnight, 12/31   As we get ready to ring in the new year, I’m reaching out once more to ask for your support. The money we raise in our year-end campaign allows us to provide direct legal assistance to thousands of…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
December 27, 2022 at 3:05 PM

A happy update

Donate today so we can help more kids like Deveah find safe, healthy homes   Donate today so we can help more kids like Deveah find safe, healthy homes in 2023! In May, we shared the story of Ms. Bowen and her young daughter, Deveah, who was in and ou…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
December 13, 2022 at 3:07 PM

Ms. Eury didn't know where to turn for help...

Donate now and have your gift matched 2:1   Ms. Eury had years of experience navigating the healthcare system and advocating for children with asthma. But she didn’t know where to turn for help when her autistic twin boys, Josiah and Micah, struggled in their ki…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
December 1, 2022 at 3:45 PM

Help DC kids get their education back on track

Making sure children have a safe, quality education   Aaliyah Jackson*—a 15-year-old with special needs—was constantly bullied and harassed at school. Instead of getting to the root of the problem and ensuring Aaliyah had a safe place to learn, school offici…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
November 17, 2022 at 3:30 PM

Sharing joy – and thanks – with you this Thanksgiving

Our 2023 calendar will bring you joy all year long   Every year we work with children and families who – despite life’s challenges – take time to play together. To share in the little moments. To dance and swim. To laugh and sing.  To capture that joy, we p…
  Jen Masi · [email protected]
October 20, 2022 at 2:08 PM

Help us expand access to justice

Join us for DC Pro Bono Week 2022!   Every day we assist parents in securing repairs for their home to improve their children’s health and obtaining educational supports so their children can thrive in school. We partner with grandparents navigating the lega…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
September 29, 2022 at 2:31 PM

A Very Different Story

Celebration and determination at our Helping Children Soar Benefit   Last Tuesday was wonderful. How energizing to see so many old and new friends at our first in-person Benefit since 2019. It’s an important reminder of how critical finding community, purpose…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
September 13, 2022 at 2:38 PM

Reminder: Benefit at District Winery next Tuesday

Join us for drinks and sunset views on the DC Waterfront   We’re excited for next week’s Helping Children Soar Benefit and hope you are too! We’ll have a chance to reconnect in-person to celebrate our successes from this past year with hundreds o…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
September 6, 2022 at 2:31 PM

Will you join us on Tuesday the 20th?

Children's Law Center's Annual Benefit at District Winery   We’re just two weeks away from our Helping Children Soar Benefit! We’ll be back in-person this year, enjoying the sunset views over the Anacostia and newly completed Frederick Douglas Br…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
September 1, 2022 at 2:26 PM

"They're my everything. They're my hearts."

Honor incredible families this Grandparents' Day!   Ms. and Mr. Rice and their granddaughters have made the most of their summer, visiting almost every splash park in DC and riding the roller coasters at Six Flags and Hershey Park.   They’re a …
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
August 23, 2022 at 2:20 PM

Only four weeks (and eight hours) to go

Mix and mingle on the DC waterfront - and support kids!   We can’t wait to see people in person again for our annual Helping Children Soar Benefit on September 20th! The Benefit is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate what we’ve accomplished toge…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
August 8, 2022 at 3:08 PM

Celebrate with us at District Winery

We're back in person for our 2022 Helping Children Soar Benefit Tangrams might appear at first to be a single, simple puzzle. But the same set of pieces can be used to create thous…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
July 18, 2022 at 2:07 PM

Welcome to our new Legal Director

LaShanda Adams brings 20+ years’ experience to support DC kids I am delighted to introduce you to LaShanda Adams – our new legal director who (re)joined Children’s Law Center last month. In her role as …
  Jim Sandman · [email protected]
June 30, 2022 at 5:51 PM

In Honor of My Friend

Judith Sandalow receives 2022 Thurgood Marshall Award Outgoing D.C. Bar President Chad Sarchio presents Judith with the Thurgood Marshall Award Good afternoon,  I’…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
June 24, 2022 at 3:32 PM

Supreme Court ruling could have devastating consequences for DC families

Communities with the least resources will bear the brunt of this decision We knew this moment was coming, but that doesn’t make it any less heartbreaking.   Every day we fight to ensure that the child…
  Tami Weerasingha-Cote · [email protected]
June 14, 2022 at 2:31 PM

This time next year

Securing huge budget wins for DC kids and families This time next year, a third grader struggling with trauma will be able to connect with a therapist more easily than she could today because of increas…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
June 10, 2022 at 2:18 PM

Celebrating Dads like Mr. McWhirter this Father’s Day

Plus! Send a card to someone you love Men across DC inspire and guide their children to grow up to become confident and caring adults – from birth fathers and foster dads to adopt…
  Chip Magid, Board Chair · [email protected]
May 26, 2022 at 2:41 PM

Save the date: September 20, 2022!

Celebrate DC kids and families with Children’s Law Center We invite you to our in-person Helping Children Soar Benefit this September at our new event location – District Winery on the Anacostia waterf…
  Erica McCollum · [email protected]
May 12, 2022 at 3:12 PM

Introducing our 2021 Champions for Children winners!

Join us in thanking these firms and corporations for their incredible support In 2021, our clients faced the continuing hardships of the pandemic on top of systemic barriers to fa…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
May 3, 2022 at 2:16 PM

Meet three DC moms fighting for their families

Honor a strong woman in your life and support the DC women advocating for their families Every day we work with strong women who are doing everything they can to advocate for the children in their liv…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
April 26, 2022 at 2:43 PM

Solving an increasingly complex puzzle

And mark your calendar: 9-20-22 for our fall Benefit Friends and Supporters, I’m reaching out today because I’m so thankful for your support and partnership last year. Whether you joined us as an ally, do…
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
April 19, 2022 at 3:15 PM

May 18: Beyond Medicine: Children’s Health and Medicaid

A conversation with the national Medicaid administrator Join us on May 18 as we connect with Daniel Tsai, deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to discuss emerging strategies for and barriers to …
  Judith Sandalow · [email protected]
April 7, 2022 at 3:07 PM

Top 3 questions - the impact of the pandemic on kids

Highlights from our conversation with Drs. Beers and Grady Last week, I sat down with two leading experts on the pandemic and its impact on children – Dr. Lee Beers, immediate past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics …
  Kim Daulton · [email protected]
March 30, 2022 at 2:07 PM

Searching for Stability for Charnese

A Spotlight on our Social Work Partnerships When Charnese* entered foster care, she was just a toddler – a bright, inquisitive child who loved her mom. Over the next two years, s…