Children's Advocacy Resource Center

 The Children’s Advocacy Resource Center (CARC) has been a part of Kansas Legal Services since 1999. Espanol. CARC is a statewide program providing comprehensive support and legal services to people serving and caring for homeless children and children involved in our state foster care system.  

CARC operates a toll-free Guardian Ad Litem-Foster Care Helpline -



Helpline staff provide free legal assistance to children in foster care, non-parent members of their families and others including guardians ad litem, social workers, foster or pre-adoptive parents, attorneys, and prosecutors.

Staff help remove barriers to permanent placements and assist individuals in understanding and navigating the complexities of child welfare law. 

Helpline staff also advise regarding legal issues related to children experiencing a disability, special education, mental and medical health referrals, education decisions, emancipation, independent living, and adoption.

NEW!!  Foster kids and aged-out youth in Kansas can get free IDs

HUD Housing Guide for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

CARC Summer 2014 Newsletter

Click here to access our past quarterly CARC newsletters.

CARC offers resource books to help children going through the court system or aging out of foster care, including

·         “Alex Goes to Court” , designed to help children understand the court procedures involved in Child-In-Need-of-Care (CINC) cases

·         “The Road Ahead,” for children ages six to twelve who are in an out-of-home placement, explaining to the child the possible results of their court proceedings; 

·         “Being a Kid Isn't Easy,”  addressing the emotional issues children encounter when their parents are divorcing; and

·         “Planning Your Future,” intended for children over twelve who are either anticipating or involved in aging out of the foster care system. (NOTE: "Planning Your Future" is currently being updated and will be available at a later date.) 

 The resources of CARC are vast, as we strive to continually address the needs of individuals serving in the CINC and juvenile areas of the social welfare system and child welfare law.

Click here to see more of our helpful brochures, articles and newsletters for you to download. 

Getting guardianship of your grandchildren by Alexandra English, staff attorney in our Kansas City office, was published in the June 2012 edition of the Johnson County Department on Aging newsletter The Best Times. 

Thanks to the Legacy of Justice Foundation!

Kansas Legal Services thanks the Legacy of Justice Foundation for a grant that will allow us to reprint Alex Goes to Court for our Children's Advocacy Resource Center.

Alex Goes to Court, designed to help children understand the court procedures involved in Child-In-Need-of-Care (CINC) cases, has been a hugely popular coloring book for children and tool for Guardians ad Litem.


Left to Right, Janice Watkins, Paralegal, KLS' Children's Advocacy Resource Center, Willie Wiedwald and Valerie Hernandez at the table, coloring in the book "Alex Goes to Court," and Marilyn Harp, KLS Executive Director.



Guardian Ad Litem Trainings

As part of CARC, the Guardian Ad Litem Support Center (GALSC) provides legal advice, representation, and public information through a quarterly newsletter for GALs, as well as guardian ad litem trainings.

Please check back for news of trainings for 2014.

If you have questions, please email Janice Watkins:

Handouts from previous trainings.                              

Should you have a legal question, a need for informational material, desire assistance with a case, or would like more information regarding the services CARC can provide, please contact us:         




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