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KIDS LEGAL Can Help

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Our services are free to all low-income families. If you learn that your children have elevated blood lead levels, you can call us for help understanding your legal rights. We can explain how the blood test results will trigger state action, what to expect throughout the lead investigation process, and how to ensure the health and safety of your children.

If you are concerned about a client, you may give your patients our contact information or use our referral form to send their contact information to us.

Housing

  • Enforce tenants’ rights to a safe and healthy home.
  • Explain the lead abatement process.
  • Defend against attempts to illegally evict tenants.
  • Ensure that (when required) landlords are providing alternative, equivalent, lead-safe housing while construction takes place.
  • Defend against landlord harassment.

Services for Infants and Toddlers

  • Provide legal support to ensure younger children affected by lead are given the early intervention services they need to succeed.

Special Education

  • Request evaluations.
  • Advocate for the creation of Individualized Education Plans (IEP).
  • Ensure special education accommodations meet legal requirements to ensure a child’s equal education.

School Discipline

  • Educate schools about the effects of lead paint in a child’s life.
  • Advocate to keep children in school.
  • Ensure that students’ disabilities are recognized and addressed.
  • Represent students in expulsion hearings and reentry planning.

Juvenile Defense

  • Ensure that the lead-affected juvenile’s needs are addressed in court proceedings.
  • Vigorously defend against any charges.
  • Help the juvenile understand what is happening at court and what his/her options are.
  • Work to negotiate outcomes that address the effects of lead paint in a youth’s life.

Other Issues

  • Represent affected children and families in other proceedings related to their housing or health care needs, if related to lead.

Contact Us

If we can be of any help to you, please contact us at any time:

Megan M. Hudson, 207-400-3273, MHudson@ptla.org

KIDS LEGAL Lead Paint Project
95 Park St. Suite 301 P.O. Box 398
Lewiston, ME 04243-0398