L. David Shear Children’s Law Center

Meet the Hart Family

After reaching the age of 18, 20% of the children who were in foster care will become instantly homeless.

The Hart Family
There are over 3,000 children in out-of-home care in Hillsborough County.

The L. David Shear Children’s Law Center of Bay Area Legal Services provides high-quality, holistic, client-directed legal representation to children who have been abused, neglected, and/or abandoned in the overburdened child welfare system.

Our team consists of attorneys and social workers who work in partnership on each child’s case, allowing us to focus on the child as an individual with unique needs and legal interests. Our zealous advocacy doesn’t end in the courtroom and includes fighting for children to receive a free and appropriate public education, necessary and quality services, and achieve stability in a safe and loving home promptly. Children deserve a voice in the matters that impact their lives the most, and we ensure that their voices are heard.

Meet Our Clients

Our family can’t thank Taylor enough for everything that she did. Anybody that has her in their corner is definitely fortunate and she puts her whole heart into taking care of her clients. And we appreciate that from the bottom of our hearts. Donna Hart
Donna Hart, Mother of Client

Still have questions?

If you live or have a case in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas or Sarasota counties, we may be able to help.

How do I apply? Am I eligible?

Call (800) 625-2257

to apply for service.

Or complete our online application

and we will call you back.