JustChildren Program

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JustChildren_378x250The JustChildren Program is Virginia’s largest children’s law program. We rely on a range of strategies to make sure the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable young people receive the services and support they need to lead successful lives in their communities.

Our strategies include individual representation, community education and organizing, and statewide advocacy. From our Charlottesville, Richmond, and Petersburg offices, we provide free legal representation to low-income children who have unmet needs in the education, foster care, and juvenile justice systems. We produce popular training materials for lawyers, parents, and other service providers to help them become informed and skilled advocates.

JustChildren’s attorneys and organizers also seek local and statewide reforms to improve the systems that our children depend on. Through coalition building, policy advocacy, and litigation, we make lasting improvements for all children in Virginia.

Our lawyers and advocates:
• Help our clients enroll in school, stay in school, and obtain services to help them finish school;
• Prepare and distribute educational materials for youth, parents, attorneys, and service providers and train them to be effective advocates for themselves and for young people;
• Support parents and community leaders in calling for improvements to the local and state systems that provide services to youth in poverty; and
• Promote public policies and systemic reforms that keep children in school and living successfully in their communities.

JustChildren Accomplishment Timeline (Click to Enlarge)



  • Juvenile Collateral Consequences in the State of Virginia (2010)
    JustChildren authored the Virginia section of the American Bar Association’s Juvenile Collateral Consequences Project, Think Before You Plead.
  • In School, The Right School, Finish School (2007)
    A Guide to Improving Educational Opportunities for Court-Involved Youth. JustChildren is one of the authors of this publication by the The National Children’s Law Network.
  • Juvenile Rights Handbook (2006)
    Developed by the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference and JustChildren, this Handbook provides a helpful guide to the laws that most impact Virginia’s youth. Young people can find information about their rights to an education and their rights in school, when interacting with the police, and in the Virginia juvenile justice system in this Handbook.




In addition to the generous support from numerous individuals, the JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center has received support from the following funders: The Atlantic Philanthropies, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Cameron Foundation, Freddie Mac Foundation, John Randolph Foundation, Open Society Institute of the Soros Foundation Network, Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, Virginia Law Foundation, Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, Robins Foundation, Public Welfare Foundation, Memorial Foundation for Children, Skadden Fellowship Foundation, and the University of Virginia School of Law.