#MatchedinMay is Here!
May is National Foster Care Month, and during May, your donations up to $40,000 will be doubled. It’s the largest match we’ve ever had on the table for Matched in May!
This year’s national theme is Relative & Kin Connections: Keeping Families Strong. This May, and every day, EBCLO salutes the aunts, uncles, siblings, grandparents, cousins, friends and neighbors who rally when children need them most. We fought alongside one such grandma for more than two years at more than 70 hearings so she could raise her twin grandbabies. We lost in court, but when their foster mother changed her mind several months later, the twins finally moved to their grandma’s and are now thriving in her care. Join our team to keep families strong and donate today!
Other Ways You Can Learn More and Support Youth in Foster Care During Foster Care Month and Always!
If you have a few minutes:
- Shop for culturally relevant and foster care related books for our clients from our wish lists.
- Follow EBCLO on Facebook and Instagram and then follow organizations we follow to stay informed.
- Champion legislation that benefits youth aging out of the system by writing a support letter for AB 2189 which requires Social Services Agencies to make active efforts to make sure youth have stable housing before aging out.
- Watch the 30 minute documentary Unadopted about Noel Anaya’s exploration of his childhood in foster care.
If you have a few hours:
- Volunteer to bake cakes for children in foster care with Cakes4Kids!
- Are you a caregiver? Join EBCLO & Parents and Caregivers for Wellness at the Capitol on May 17 to advocate for increased access to mental health services at school. Register here.
If you have more time:
Executive Director: Kristin Mateer
The Mission of East Bay Children’s Law Offices is to protect and defend the rights of children and youth through holistic, vigorous legal advocacy. EBCLO strives to provide a voice for children in and out of the courtroom and to promote positive outcomes for them.
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How did EBCLO help me? Where do I start?! It is so important to have a lawyer — it’s someone who can vouch for you and be another voice for you when you can’t talk. Sarah was that for me. And she listened. She was reliable — she was always there and making things happen. She constantly asked me if I wanted to come to court and was always willing to come see me at home or school or wherever. She made me feel comfortable. It was like having an extra auntie.
Helping Children To Be Seen and Heard
The 18 lawyers and six social workers of East Bay Children’s Law Offices (EBCLO) represent hundreds of children and youth who have been abused or neglected. State funding and federal matching dollars only cover a bare minimum of the nonprofit’s needs.
Donations from private donors can help lighten the burden on lawyers who manage over 100 cases a year and also enable the nonprofit to provide more holistic support for children whose needs go well beyond the four walls of the courtroom. This includes the Community-based Advocacy for Resources and Education (CARE) program, which provides intensive and individualized education and mental health support for children and youth.
In 2024, EBCLO will be celebrating its 15th anniversary and looks forward to celebrating its anniversary with the community!
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