Kids Legal

Protecting the Rights and Improving the Lives of Maine's Children

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PLEASE NOTE: We can help only youth living in the State of Maine.  If you live in another state, you may be able to get free legal help from a legal services office in your state.

KIDS LEGAL is a project within Pine Tree Legal Assistance. We specialize in legal services addressing the needs of low-income children and youth in Maine. Our services are free.

The types of cases we take address:

 

 School Issues 

 

  • Identification for Special Education, focusing on Emotional Disability, Other Health Impairment and Autism
  • Programming for Special Education when students are out of school or on a shortened day
  • School Enrollment Barriers (homeless students, students living with adults other than their parents/legal guardians)
  • School Removal (suspensions over 10 days)
  • School Safety for victims of dating violence and/or sexual assault

Safety and Stability

  • Protection from Abuse cases for young victims of dating violence or sexual assualt in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc and Lincoln Counties
  • Rights of Runaways/Emancipation
  • Guardianship of Minor 

We also provide consultations to community professionals working with children and youth on these issues.