Children’s Law Project

The Children’s Law Project is dedicated to providing legal services to ensure that low income children experience the success that every child needs and deserves. Our free, high quality civil legal services help children in school, in preparing for college and in the home. We help children get the educational supports and programming they need to flourish, tailored to their specific disabilities or situation.

We ensure children are treated fairly, even when they make a mistake. And we help children and their parents get the income and health care they need to make their home life more stable. We help low income children succeed so that they will have a fair chance to move out of poverty.

Do I qualify for these services?

A child must meet certain low income and asset guidelines to be eligible for the program. Children residing in certain counties may be required to have a learning or other disability to be eligible. Our intake specialist will determine your child’s eligibility.

How can I get these services?

The Children’s Law Project has open intake throughout the day, but the best times to call are 11:00–12:00, and 1:00–5:00 weekdays.

Please contact the Legal Aid office nearest you:

  • Albany: (518) 462-6765 or (800) 462-2922
  • Saratoga Springs: (518) 587-5188 or (800) 870-8343
  • Amsterdam: (518) 842-9466 or (800) 821-8347
What services are provided?

The program is staffed by a full time attorney who provides legal advice, other legal services, representation and/or referrals, as appropriate on a variety of civil legal issues facing children in this community including:

  • special education
  • school discipline
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • other school issues (transportation, residency etc.)
  • emancipation

We can also provide legal assistance to a family if there is a disability in the household. The Children’s Law Project attorney is also available to give presentations on these and other issues affecting children.

Please contact LASNNY to schedule a talk.

Community Legal Education Material

The Children’s Law Project offers Legal Lifelines, a question and answer resource, on a number of children’s topics including:

  • General School Discipline Issues
  • Discipline of Students with Disabilities
  • Education Rights of Homeless Children
  • The Special Education Referral Process
  • Emancipated Minors and Public Assistance
  • Student Residency Rights and Requirements

504 Accommodation Plans These Lifelines are available in the LASNNY waiting area or upon request by calling (518) 462-6765 or toll free (800) 462-2922.

Funding

This project was supported by Grant LG08-1435-DOO, awarded by the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice to the State of New York, Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). Points of view or opinions contained within this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice or DCJS. Funding also came from the Interest on Lawyer Account Fund of the State of New York (IOLA) and private contributions through the Justice for All Campaign.

Click here to view the Children’s Law Project brochure in English