UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY
CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES CLINIC
(816) 235-6582 (Fax)
What is the Child & Family Services Clinic?
The UMKC Child & Family Services Clinic is a
free legal service for parents, relatives and custodians needing assistance to
obtain custodial orders to achieve permanency for children. Qualified law students, under the supervision
of a Clinical Director who is a member of the
· Probate Guardianship
· Paternity, Child Custody, Support and Visitation
In this clinic law students have the opportunity to establish an attorney-client relationship and practice all the skills they will need to be successful practitioners in a supervised, “protective” environment. The student attorneys enter into employment agreements with clients, conduct factual investigations, develop case strategies, prepare written discovery, study relevant substantive and procedural law, draft and file pleadings, prepare witnesses and present evidence in actual court hearings. Students also have an opportunity to learn what happens after the hearing by advising clients of relevant appeal issues and timeframes, taking steps to effectuate the court’s orders (eg. income assignments for child support), preparing proposed judgments and sending closing letters with case documents to their clients.
students will learn about
for legal services come from community partners with the UMKC Child &
Family Services Clinic such as the
the Jackson County Juvenile Office, the Office of the Guardian ad Litem, CASA, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Children’s Mercy Hospital and members of the Missouri Bar.
For questions, please call the clinic office at (816) 235-6336.
for Public Policy and State Legislation Governing Permanence for Children
(from Children's Bureau of the