The UMKC Child and Family Services Clinic is a free legal service for parents, relatives and custodians needing assistance to obtain custodial orders to achieve permanency for children. Qualified law students, under the supervision of a clinical director, provide legal services in areas such as:

Services include:

  • Probate Guardianship
  • Adoption
  • Paternity, Child Custody, Support and Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Modifications


Clinic students will learn about Missouri’s child protection system and the juvenile court. Students will receive additional training from allied experts in domestic violence, drug testing, and public entitlement programs. The Clinic also partners with area agencies to present programs as part of Kansas City’s observance of Child Abuse Awareness Month in April each year.

Current students may obtain more information about this clinic on Roolaw.


Referrals for legal services come from community partners with the UMKC Child and Family Services Clinic, such as the Missouri Children’s Division, the Jackson County Juvenile Office, the Office of the Guardian Ad Litem, CASA, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Children’s Mercy Hospital and members of the Missouri Bar.

The Child and Family Services Clinic does not accept direct clients.


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UMKC Child and Family Services Clinic

Phone: 816-235-6336 Fax: 816-235-6582
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