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Legal Assistance & Child Advocacy

The Child Health Advocacy Program provides legal assistance to families whose children receive healthcare at UVA Children's Hospital.

Volunteers from the Legal Aid Justice Center are available to help families with a variety of legal problems that affect their health and well-being.

Who is eligible to receive legal assistance?

All families whose children receive their health care at UVA.

When are legal aid staff members available to help?

Ask your child's doctor for a referral.

What kinds of problems can the Child Health Advocacy Program help me with?

Our volunteers can help you with:

  • Benefits: Medicaid/FAMIS, food stamps, Medicare, WIC, unemployment benefits, TANF, Social Security/Disability
  • Housing: Major problems with the condition of your home (leaky roof, broken heat or plumbing, etc.) or home evictions
  • Employment: Wage claims, job termination or discrimination, unemployment insurance
  • School: Special education, children with special healthcare needs at school, school discipline/suspension
  • Family: Domestic violence, visitation, child support, child removal, spousal support, adoption
  • Consumer issues: Help with preparations for major purchases (such as a car) to ensure sales practices and terms are as fair as possible