New mobile legal office helps homeless youth

The Center for Children’s Advocacy’s new mobile office will be at Neighbor’s Link, 75 Selleck Street, Stamford on Saturday, May 9, from 11:45-3.

The van travels through Connecticut cities to reach reaching youth who do not have a permanent place to sleep each night, need educational support, access to healthcare or mental health services, have been victims of abuse and neglect, need to know about their rights as LGBT students, and more.

These kids have been an invisible population in Connecticut — couch surfing, house hopping, staying with friends. They don’t often identify themselves as homeless.

“They know that life is tough. They may have been kicked out, have no one to turn to – but might stay with a friend one night and a relative the next. We can help them stay in school, get healthcare or mental health care, be safe, find support for overwhelming issues that can be resolved with legal advocacy,” said Stacey Violante Cote of the Center for Children’s Advocacy.

The new mobile office allows attorneys from the Center for Children’s Advocacy to go where the kids are.

“We can help them if we can reach them. And this new mobile office lets us go where the kids are — to community sites, high schools and the streets of our cities and towns,” said Martha Stone, executive director of the Center for Children’s Advocacy.

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