California’s Foster Care Watchdog

Margaret Coyne and Jan Sherwood were both attorneys working in California’s juvenile dependency system when they met in the early […more…]


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Advokids 2.0

Advokids co-founders Jan Sherwood and Margaret Coyne are attorneys, but they also have to be administrators. Running a nonprofit takes them away from the cases they and their staff attorneys are so expert in tackling. 

“Jan and I are really good at the dependency work,” Coyne says. “But what we need is help. What we need is to be able to afford expert executive and administrative staff to ease the pressures on our legal staff.” 

“We just need some real partners who will invest in us and the future welfare of foster children,” Coyne says.

In 2022, Advokids’ goal is to raise an additional $250,000.


A legal non-profit dedicated to protecting the right of foster children in California to safety, security and a permanent home.
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Contact: Margaret Coyne

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The difference between my carefree childhood and the childhoods of any of the over 55,000 California children in the foster care system is just dumb luck. I didn’t do anything to warrant my supportive and loving upbringing, any more than any child does anything to warrant the stress and anxiety of being placed into foster care. I can think of nothing more beneficial than working with Advokids to reduce the number of children in foster care, to help ensure that the child’s best interests are always pursued, and to minimize the chances that luck dictates the life of children in the foster care system.
Adam Brausa
Attorney and supporter