Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center transforms the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children through compassionate legal advocacy, clinical services, education and public policy reform.
RMCLC has been providing quality legal representation for abused and neglected children since 1982. Our original focus was representation of children and youth who had experienced child abuse and neglect that sometimes resulted in removal from the home. However, over the past 35 years, our services have expanded to include a trauma-informed multidisciplinary approach to serving children and families who have experienced child abuse, neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse and other risk factors. In response to evolving community needs, we also provide caregiver advocacy for non-custodial or kinship caregivers, adoption assistance, referral and information to families, and public awareness and education. At the same time, our educational advocacy works to keep kids in school, improve academic outcomes for foster youth, and ensure youth with disabilities access the educational resources to which they are entitled. RMCLC advocates also provide training and resource tools for other child welfare professionals and the legal community.
Today, RMCLC remains one of the state's most respected and effective leaders working for children in the public policy and advocacy arena. As the only agency of its kind providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary services for children and families in Colorado, RMCLC greatly contributes to systemic improvements and direct services that offer children the safety, healing, and opportunities they deserve. In September 2016, RMCLC was honored by the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce as "Nonprofit of the Year." RMCLC has provided legal, clinical, and advocacy services to 20,000 of Colorado's most vulnerable children since inception, with 1,500 of these children served in 2016.
"The Children's Law Center staff, especially Kacie Mulhern, is knowledgeable, thorough and perceptive when addressing the best interest of a vulnerable child, but they are also mindful of the feelings and vulnerabilities of the adults involved."
Carolyn Jones, Caregiver Advocacy Program client
"The Children's Law Center is helping Voices for Children to train CASA volunteers to be educational advocates for abused and neglected children. They have helped CASAs to advocate on behalf of youth in truancy court experiencing school pushout. Thanks to them, the kids we serve stand a better chance at getting the education they deserve."
Nia Wassink, Executive Director Voices For Children CASA
"When our daughter passed away leaving three children behind, the Children's Law Center came to our rescue. They provided endless support, guidance and legal expertise. Gloria was our lifesaver and we are eternally grateful."
Marti, Caregiver Advocacy Program client
"RMCLC has been a great partner in courtroom 170. They have made the process for the court as well as victims figuring out what is best for the children go smoothly. Victims' tend to feel comfortable with the GALS. They also feel better with the help of RMCLC when temporary orders are placed and are agreed because they have a plan until a district court puts in orders."
Mireya with Project Safeguard