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CLAIM (Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers)

CLAIM (Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers)

Cabrini Green Legal Aid

Legal services for incarcerated mothers, formerly incarcerated mothers, and caregivers of children whose parents are incarcerated.

Services Offered

Legal Services • Family Law • Incarceration • Incarcerated Mothers • Housing Law • Support Groups


CLAIM can help answer questions about: divorce, guardianship, short-term guardianship, discharge of guardianship, custody, visitation, foster care and adoption.

CLAIM regularly conducts on-site classes on family law to women incarcerated in:

  • Cook County Jail
  • Decatur Correctional Center
  • Lincoln Correctional Center
  • Dwight Correctional Center
  • Fox Valley Work Release Center
  • Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.

Class topics include:

  • Placement issues
  • Short-term and court-ordered guardianship
  • The foster care system
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Domestic relations law


6 S. Clark St., Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60603 41.8817731 -87.6310686

Service Options

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • This program serves mothers who are currently or formerly incarcerated.
  • Program also serves caregivers of children whose parents are currently incarcerated.
  • CLAIM does not provide representation for criminal law cases.
  • The case must be located in Illinois.


  • This service is free


  • Adults accepted
  • Accepts women

How to Apply

Call 312-738-2452 and leave a message with your name, phone number, facility of residence, and a brief description of the services you are seeking and someone will call you back.