Juvenile Court Project of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation

Who We Are

The Juvenile Court Project is a legal assistance program of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. Our mission is to advocate for the interests and protect the legal rights of indigent parents whose children are the subjects of Juvenile Court dependency and termination of parental rights proceedings in Allegheny County.

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Who We Serve

  • Allegheny County
Income Guidelines

Your household income must fall within income guidelines established for civil legal aid for low-income Americans. The financial circumstances for all applicants are individually assessed.

Specific eligibility requirements are listed on the program website at

Your family's income should be at or below the following percentage of the federal poverty level
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Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Full Legal Representation

How to Get Help

You can contact this organization by:

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Koppers Building, Eleventh Floor (map)
436 Seventh Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
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9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Applicants should bring the following:

1. Parents must show proof of annual household income at intake. Examples include DPW and SSI printouts, pay stubs, W-2 forms, and child support orders.

2. Parents should bring all paperwork associated with the case. Examples include CYF and Juvenile Court documents, medical records, and housing information.

3. Parents should provide the names and telephone numbers of potential witnesses. Examples include doctors, therapists, school officials, and probation officers.

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What to Bring:

1. Proof of household income, e.g. DPW & SSI printouts, pay stubs, W-2 forms, and child support orders.

2. Any paperwork concerning your case, e.g. notices of hearing dates, reports prepared by your OCYFS caseworker, family court orders, etc.

3. Names and telephone numbers of potential witnesses, e.g. doctors, therapists, school officials, housing authority officials, probation officers, service providers, etc.


The JCP also accepts applications for representation at Juvenile Court on most Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. but ONLY FOR PARENTS WHO HAVE DEPENDENCY HEARINGS SCHEDULED ON THOSE DAYS.

Intake is not complete until the applicant provides proof of income and attends an Intake Orientation session conducted during Intake Hours at the JCP office

Additionally, the JCP conducts a weekly law clinic at the Allegheny County Jail.

The JCP may conduct intake via mail, telephone, or facsimile when an applicant is unable to come to the JCPoffice or when coming to the JCP office would present a considerable hardship for the applicant. Such situations would include, but are not necessarily limited to, applicants who are either incarcerated, in an inpatient treatment program, live out of state, or are medically frail.

Intake within the community:
Intake occurs at various community sites. Please contact our office at 412-391-4467 for specific times and places.

Intake by mail:
Parents who are unable to complete intake in person due to incarceration or hospitalization may call the Parent Advocate office at 412-391-4467 and have an application mailed to the facility where they reside.

General Contact Information

Juvenile Court Project of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation
429 Forbes Avenue, Suite 300 (map)
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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