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Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts – Lynn
The mission of the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts is to promote and secure equal justice and to maximize opportunity for low-income children and youth by providing quality advocacy and legal services. The Law Center maintains a statewide phone helpline for parents, youth, attorneys, and helping professionals seeking assistance and guidance on legal matters that impact children. Information and referrals are provided through the helpline. The number is 1-888-KIDLAW8 (1-888-543-5298). The helpline is in operation from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bilingual assistance is available. Issues routinely addressed through intake calls include, but are not limited to, children who are out of school or not receiving the educational services to which they are entitled under federal and state law; emancipation; immigration; rights of children who have "aged out" of foster care or other state human service systems; and, collateral consequences of juvenile court involvement. The CALS Program serves as an umbrella of sorts for most CLCM activities, including its individual legal representation in education, child welfare and juvenile justice matters; trainings and technical assistance; information and referral systems reform initiatives such as research and analysis, statewide task force and committee involvement, and appellate and legislative advocacy; and, outreach to clinical and other non-profit agencies serving low-income youth.