Community Mobile Law Program

June 30, 2021

It has been an honor for us to serve the community through our Mobile Law Program since 2018.  For many years prior to the launch of the Mobile Law Program, Kids’ Voice took calls from members of the public to answer questions about juvenile and family law as well as maintained a free educational website through its Children’s Law Center Program. As the need for free legal information and resources continued to grow, we looked for a way to meet the public where they were, and so began the Mobile Law Program.  Since its inception, the program has provided legal support to more than 1000 people.

Mobile Law launched as a pilot program with funding from the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. We saw great success and need during the first year hosting clinics at Shepherd Community Center, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, and Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis-Faye Biccard Glick Family Place. In 2019, we expanded to Flanner House, John Boner Neighborhood Center, and Hawthorne Community Center with funding from Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. Most recently, through today, the program was supported by the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF). In March 2020, amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, we shifted to a virtual platform still providing free clinics open to the public every week.

On May 1, 2021, Kids’ Voice expanded to provide advocacy services for children in the child welfare system, in addition to the services we previously provided for children in the family law system. With the current funding for Mobile Law ending June 30, 2021, we decided this was the right time to focus on our recent growth. Thus, our last Mobile Law Clinic was held virtually on June 24, 2021.

We recognize that the need for free and low-cost legal information/services will still be present, and we will continue to support and collaborate with our fellow nonprofit legal service providers however possible.  Currently, those individuals or families seeking legal information and assistance can utilize the following resources:

In addition to our enhanced child advocacy services, Kids’ Voice will continue to provide supervised visitation through our Safe Child Parenting Time Program. Our Children’s Law Center Program will continue to develop and distribute the CHINS and Family Law Deskbook, statewide training and provide legal information to attorneys, judges and other professionals serving children. We will also always be available to provide training to your staff, volunteers, and clients on many topics. We have included a list of those presentations with this letter.

Kids’ Voice has always prioritized responding to community needs and so, while this may be the end of Mobile Law for now, we will continue to look for ways to serve our community in these areas.

We wish to give our sincere thanks to our Community Center partners for what has been an amazing collaboration for the past 3+ years. We also wish to thank our funding partners for their support of this program – thank you for believing in it! Also, thank you to the Kids’ Voice staff and volunteers that were dedicated to this program. Kids’ Voice will always be committed to serving children as well as others who are doing this important work for families.

With Gratitude,

Lindsay Scott
Kids’ Voice of Indiana