Promoting Dignity, Social Justice and Better Outcomes for Children
The Child Advocacy Unit (CAU) was created in 1974 and contracts with the City of Philadelphia to represent children. The children we represent:
- Are resilient, funny, smart, unique and thoughtful individuals
- May have experienced neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or abandonment.
- Range in age from infancy to 21 years old.
- Can be heard in specialty courts such as Crossover Court or Wrap Court
Our clients are represented by an attorney and social worker team who work together throughout the life of a case to:
- Protect the child’s legal rights;
- Advocate for their best interest; and
- Promote permanency, stability, well-being, and positive outcomes
Child Advocate Attorneys complete independent assessments of dependency cases and advocate in court for the delivery of services to our clients and their families.
Child Advocate Social Workers assess a child’s emotional, social, physical, and educational needs.
The assigned CAU Attorney and Social Worker:
- Review the dependency petition
- Meet with the client
- Develop a theory of the case
- Identify & prepare witnesses
- Review documents & prepare exhibits
- Research & write legal memoranda
- Prepare social work assessments & recommendations
- Litigate the case in court
- Provide legal and social work recommendations to the court