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9150 Harrison Park Ct., Ste. C
Indianapolis, IN 46216
Telephone:       (317) 558-2870 ext. 100
Fax:                 (317) 558-2945
Email:              info@kidsvoicein.org
Website:          www.kidsvoicein.org


100% Children’s Law
Does Use Volunteer Attorneys


Kids’ Voice of Indiana manages and oversees three key programs vital to child protection and law: Derelle Watson-Duvall Children’s Law Center of Indiana, Bette J. Dick GAL for Kids, and Supervised Parent-Child Visitation. The Derelle Watson-Duvall Children’s Law Center of Indiana is a resource center for Indiana attorneys and other professionals. The primary objectives of the Center are the training and education of professionals who serve children. The Center does not provide direct legal representation for children or adults. The Center promotes multidisciplinary excellence in children’s law by providing education and training, legal assistance and resources, and best practice and policy recommendations.


The Bette J. Dick GAL for Kids provides guardian ad litem (GAL) services for children using trained, supervised, represented community volunteers and pro bono attorneys. The program is appointed to represent and protect the best interest of the children by judicial officers of the Marion Superior Courts, Civil Division and Probate Division and the Marion Circuit Court, Paternity Division. Clients are referred from juvenile court, social service agencies, schools, health care professionals, other attorneys and clients themselves. The office does accept calls from the public seeking legal information. The program provides training for lay volunteers, and volunteer attorneys. Volunteer attorneys receive written materials and can attend training sessions, though it is not required. Volunteer attorneys who serve as GALs can also attend a free CLE seminar.


3303 Plaza Drive, Ste. 5
New Albany, IN 47150
Telephone:       (812) 945-4123
Fax:                 (812) 945-7290
Website:          www.indianajustice.org


Does Use Volunteer Attorneys


The Pro Bono Program began as a joint effort by Indiana Legal Services Inc. and local bar associations in 1994. Clients are referred from social services agencies, health care professionals and other attorneys. Approximately 120 volunteer attorneys are recruited through a local bar association, local law firms and the courts, and handle roughly 80 cases a year.



501 Freeman Street
Heritage Hall
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Telephone:       (219) 465-7903
Fax:                 (219) 465-7897
Website:          www.valpo.edu/law/clinic


Does Not Use Volunteer Attorneys


The Valparaiso University Law School Clinic provides training to 55-60 law students each year as part of the law school curriculum. Students receive academic credit for their participation in the clinic which handles approximately 700 cases per year. Students in the Civil Clinic represent clients in all areas of family law including adoption, guardianship, divorce, child support and visitation. Students in the Juvenile Clinic are appointed to serve as guardian ad litem for children who have been abused and neglected and children involved in custody and visitation issues in guardianship, paternity and adoption cases. Students also serve as public defenders for children in delinquency cases.



211 S. Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
Telephone:       (812) 855-9229
Fax:                 (812) 855-5128
Website:          http://www.law.indiana.edu/students/clinic/family.shtml


100% Children’s Law
Does Not Use Volunteer Attorneys


The Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic trains law students to mediate disputes involving families with children, such as custody, parenting time, child support, and related disputes between parents in family law cases. The Clinic benefits from a training and research collaboration with the University’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. The interdisciplinary nature of the Clinic is intended to improve the mediation process for families that mediate and to assist families in focusing on and reaching agreements that best meet their children’s needs.


16 students participate in the clinic every year and become fully trained and registered domestic relations mediators in Indiana, with experience mediating between five and eight cases over the course of the semester. Most cases involve custody, parenting time, child support, and related disputes between families or guardians.