About

The Family Defense Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advocate justice for families in the child welfare system. We advocate for families who need our help the most: families threatened with losing their children to foster care. Nothing is more painful for a child than to be taken from the only parents he or she knows. Yet, child protection systems throughout America frequently remove children from parents as a first resort, not a last resort. Many parents lose custody of their children to state foster care systems primarily because they are poor or because they are victims of abuse themselves. Far too many children in foster care bounce from home to home and are separated from siblings. Any family can be the victim of a false, harassing, or misguided Hotline call.

Programs

The Family Defense Center is a legal advocacy organization that provides direct representation, high-level systemic advocacy, and grassroots activities for families treated unfairly by state child protection agencies. Read more about our multi-faceted programs.

Important cases

The Family Defense Center has brought a number of important cases which have established invaluable precedents and protections for children and families in the child welfare system. Read more about our cases.

Client stories

We represent families of all kinds who have one thing in common: they deserve fair treatment and due process in the child welfare system. Read some of our clients’ stories.

Awards and Recognition

The Family Defense Center and its staff have received numerous awards for their tireless advocacy on behalf of children and families in the child welfare system. Read more about our award-winning work.