Center for Children's Advocacy

Our mission: To protect and promote the legal rights of Connecticut’s low-income children and youth so they have equitable opportunities for good health, a quality education and a successful transition to adulthood.


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Center for Children’s Advocacy is the largest children’s legal rights organization in New England.

Fighting for the legal rights of Connecticut's most vulnerable children, the Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) provides legal representation and advocates for system reforms to ensure at-risk children’s basic needs are met and they receive appropriate services from the juvenile justice, education, child welfare, health care and court systems. Our advocacy takes a three-pronged approach:

  • Individual legal representation
  • Advocacy for systemic reform
  • Training and resources for attorneys, youth, parents, health care providers and other professionals 

The Center for Children’s Advocacy was founded in 1997 on a $2,000 budget, in borrowed office space over the boiler room at UConn Law School. In the 25 years since, CCA has grown to an organization with 25 staff and a $3 million operating budget with offices in Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport, and projects in Waterbury, Hamden, and Norwalk. Our Mobile Legal Office breaks down barriers to legal services by traveling to meet youth in communities.

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