Legal help offers children healthier futures

“Imagine a child living with asthma and there is a mold problem. This could be life-threatening,” she said. “We now have legal partners to help take care of the whole child and family.

Feature (Virginia)

Jeremy M. Lazarus
Richmond Free Press
February 14, 2020

Tags: Health Care, Housing, Medical-Legal Partnerships

Organizations mentioned/involved: Central Virginia Legal Aid Society


“This partnership is a game changer for us,” Ms. Held said. “It will enable us to serve more patients with legal needs who have nowhere else to turn. That’s what this partnership is about — improving community health through legal advocacy.”

Areas of assistance include evictions, substandard housing and other aspects of housing law; immigrant access to health care; and guardianship, domestic violence and other family law issues, the hospital stated.

Attorneys also will draw up simple wills, powers of attorney and advance medical directives for adults and get involved with issues that disabled children can face in school, including securing individual educational plans and bullying.