Children's Advocacy Resource Center

The Children’s Advocacy Resource Center (CARC) has been a part of Kansas Legal Services since 1999. CARC is a statewide program providing complete 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 helpline for foster youth.

Guardian Ad Litem-Foster Care Helpline 


Helpline staff give 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. They also assist persons in grasping and navigating the complex issues of child welfare law. 

Helpline staff also counsel on legal issues related to children suffering from a disability, special education, mental and medical health referrals, education decisions, emancipation, independent living, and adoption.

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


On Your Own

Guide to Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities as an Adult is prepared as a public service by the Kansas Bar Association and the Kansas Bar Foundation.This booklet covers a few areas of the law that a person about to set out on his or her own, especially young people aging out of foster care, need to know. For instance, have you ever wondered what you should do if you have a car accident? Or what are your duties and rights as a tenant? Or what your rights are if you are arrested? Or what you should look for in buying a car? Or what your legal duties are if you get married? On Your Own gives you some answers.

CARC Resources

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

·         “Alex Goes to Court," (pdf version) designed to help children understand the court procedures involved in Child-In-Need-of-Care (CINC) cases. Here's a link to Alex Goes to Court on its own webpage.

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

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

·         “Planning Your Future,” intended for children over twelve who are either anticipating or involved in aging out of the foster care system. Focuses on resources in northeast Kansas.


Getting guardianship of your grandchildren by Alexandra English, staff attorney in our Kansas City office. This is a good guide for grandparents wanting to adopt their grandkids in Kansas. 



Thanks to the Legacy of Justice Foundation!

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

► Alex Goes to Court is designed to help children understand the court procedures involved in Child-In-Need-of-Care (CINC) cases. It 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.




Should you have a legal question, a need for informational material, a wish to have assistance with a case, or would like more info about the services CARC can provide, please contact us: 1-877-298-2674


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