Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS)


CPCS, the Public Defender Agency of Massachusetts, provides legal representation in Massachusetts for those unable to afford an attorney in all matters in which the law requires the appointment of counsel.  This includes representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, mental health, sexually dangerous person and sex offender registry cases, as well a related appeals and post-conviction matters.

EdLaw Project

617-910-5829 (Helpline)

The EdLaw Project provides education advocacy for children and youth involved with the court system in Massachusetts, and focuses on combating the School-to-Prison pipeline for indigent, court-involved youth.


Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts, Inc.


CLCM works to promote and secure equal justice and to maximize opportunity for low-income children and youth by providing quality advocacy and legal services.


Disability Law Center (DLC)


DLC provides protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents who have a wide range of physical, psychiatric, sensory, and cognitive disabilities.


Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS)


GBLS provides free noncriminal legal advice and representation to low-income individuals in Boston and 31 additional cities and towns in the Greater Boston area.


Legal Resource Finder

Eastern Region Legal Intake Line 


The Legal Resource Finder search results will give you contact information for legal aid programs, nonprofits, government agencies and court programs that may be able to help you with your legal issue for free or at a low cost. It will also give you links to legal information and self-help materials.


Handbook for Parents, Legal Guardians, & Custodians in Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) Cases 

This handbook will help you understand what is likely to happen in court, who the people are that may be involved, and what your rights are as a parent, legal guardian, or custodian in a CRA case.


Massachusetts Legal Help

Mass Legal help has a great deal of information on health care and legal services agencies in the state which can be used to find an advocate.


Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC)


MHLAC advocates provide informal advocacy or full legal representation to indigent adults and children who present with a legal issue related to mental health.


Massachusetts Bar Assocation: Lawyer Referral Service

The Massachusetts Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service will assist you in finding an attorney in your area to answer questions and help resolve legal problems.


Foster Child Bill of Rights

Foster Child Rights  pdf format of Foster Child Rights rtf format of                             Foster Child Rights

The Sibling Bill of Rights

Sibling Bill of Rightslinks to PDF file


Department of Mental Health Human Rights Handbook

Human Rights Handbook links to PDF file