Mission & History
The mission of The Children’s LAW Center is to protect poor children in family court cases and to advocate for systemic changes to the adversarial system and other policies that advance the well-being of children involved in family transitions.
Through its programs and services the Children’s Law Center strives to create safe, stable environments for children whose parents are in chronic conflict.
To achieve these goals the Children’s Law Center administers the following programs:
In November 1992, a six-year-old girl was shot and killed by her father during a supervised visitation session at the office of the Child Protection Council of Northeastern Connecticut. From this tragedy sprang a coalition of concerned professionals and parents united to examine the weaknesses in the system that had failed that child. The lack of legal services for children in family court was identified as a major concern, which led to the founding of the Children’s Law Center.
In 1996, the Children’s Law Center hired its first staff attorney, Garret Tuller, through a contractual arrangement with Connecticut Legal Services. Under his direction the organization represented over 200 abuse and neglect cases in juvenile court. In 2002, the Children’s Law Center relocated its office from eastern Connecticut to Hartford, to become more accessible to a wider demographic of clients.
We served 2,416 children in 2016:
554 children in 368 families through Legal Representation
81 children in 51 families through Families in Transition
1,781 children through 1,225 calls
to The Children's Law Line