Baby Jeremy

On any given day, there are nearly 443,000 children in foster care in the United States.

Baby Jeremy and Lisa

Since opening its doors in 2006, Bay Area Legal Services' L. David Shear Children's Law Center has represented over 1,000 child clients.

Our goal is to reduce the time children spend in foster care and to achieve permanency for them in a safe, loving home. With the help of our many donors and funders, we are able to ensure the best possible care for these young clients.

Lisa Garvey had been fostering children with special needs for just a few years when she received a phone call from the hospital. A 3-day-old newborn is being airlifted due to critical injuries sustained from abuse while in the care of his biological mother and her boyfriend. The baby might not make it, but if he did, he would need special care.

After multiple surgeries, baby Jeremy made it through!

Lisa and her family took Jeremy into their loving home, where he received around-the-clock care. However, Jeremy's medical issues would not be the only battle to fight. Lisa found out Jeremy may be recommended for care at a more institutional foster home or with a member of his biological family.

Luckily for Jeremy, from the day he was airlifted to the hospital, he had been assigned attorney Jennifer Robinson and social worker Jackie Russell from our Children's Law Center to provide him with high-quality and holistic legal representation. After assessing the situation, they determined that Lisa was Jeremy's safest and best possible option at finding permanency in a safe, loving home.

I can’t say enough about Jennifer and Jackie. We’ve fostered many children that end up being adopted by relatives or reunited with their parents, which is wonderful; but this was different and we knew we wanted to adopt.

Lisa Garvey

Mother of Client

Today, Jeremy is in a safe, loving, permanent home with his adoptive family. His doctors report that he is achieving milestones they never thought possible.

Still have questions?

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

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