We advocate for children and youth, drive systemic reform, and boldly challenge the status quo so that every young person who has experienced trauma or instability has the opportunity to thrive.
We believe all areas of a child’s life are intertwined and our work reflects this integration, going beyond simply providing legal services. Our work involves both direct service and systems change but in each of our endeavors, legal and clinical services are woven together, focusing on ensuring that trauma-affected children and youth have safe, permanent homes; appropriate education; and the resources to address unmet emotional and physical needs. Our mission, to advocate for children and youth, drive systemic reform, and boldly challenge the status quo so that every young person who has experienced trauma or instability has the opportunity to thrive, is fulfilled through several focus areas intersecting our two major approaches to improving the lives of children:
1. Direct Service - Legal Advocacy and Trauma-Informed Services: RMCLC provides legal representation related to crisis response; caregiver advocacy for kinship and non-kinship caregivers in gaining legal rights to care for children in their charge; legal representation for children involved in domestic violence civil protective order cases brought before Denver County Court; education advocacy for students needing access to appropriate education services; and civil legal services for older youth experiencing homelessness and who cannot transition to adulthood because of a lack of enduring relationships, diminished opportunities for life skills training and education, and legal obstacles often traced back to simply being homeless. RMCLC also provides differentiated services responsive to social determinants of health such as Safe Babies Court Team model (SBCT) and trainings for child-serving professionals.
2. Policy Advocacy and Catalytic System Reform: RMCLC uses its vast experience in child welfare to galvanize social change through public awareness, legislative and policy engagement, strategic partnerships, and innovative approaches. This includes empowerment of current and former foster youth, hosting the Colorado Children’s Legislative Caucus at the State Capitol and leading system reform efforts such as Catalyze for Kids, a RMCLC initiated cross-sector collaboration currently focused on ending homelessness for youth exiting foster care.
Our work is informed by our belief that:
- Every child deserves a safe and stable home with caregivers who meet their needs.
- Supportive relationships with caring adults are essential to the well-being of youth.
- Every young person who has experienced trauma should have access to the opportunities and supports they need to heal, imagine, and reach their highest potential.
- When systems aren't working for children and families, we should fight for change.
- Amplifying the voices of young people is critical to what we do.
- Our power to advocate for children and families and improve systems stems from our community - our staff, our clients, our partners, and our funders. We are stronger together.