Founded in 1987, the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry (CLAM) provides exceptional pro bono legal services and equal access justice to the poor and marginalized in civil matters throughout the 11 counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry (CLAM), the legal services arm of SFCS, provides legal representation in civil matters to impoverished people who cannot afford to hire an attorney.
Protects women and children who are victims of abuse, serves as guardian ad litem for children, and represents families in housing court.
Guides immigrants in applying for citizenship, averts deportations, and establishes guardianship for minors who arrive in the United States without their parents.
Offers legal aid and support for military veterans who are experiencing stress, health issues, family problems and homelessness, and removes barriers that block some veterans from receiving benefits or finding a job.
Provides legal assistance to those who are in jeopardy of losing their housing or are living in untenable circumstances.
St. Francis Community Services works with networks of community partners to advocate for issues that impact our clients. Our organization also provides frequent educational outreach to members of the public.
Metered parking, pay garages and pay parking lots are in the vicinity of CLAM. Metro bus stops and a Metrolink stop are within walking distance.
Guardianship of a Minor
The staff attorneys at SFCS Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry recently were contacted by a grandmother, “Lottie,” seeking help in obtaining . . .Read More
A Healing Family
After hearing the evidence and receiving the recommendation from the guardian ad litem (who waved his fee), the court awarded our client, Kathy, custody of her four young grandchildren. Kathy left the courthouse with certified copies giving her full legal and physical custody of the kids. She was very emotional and grateful to our lawyer, indicating how important it was for the children to know during this difficult time they will always be safe and taken care of.