Speaking up for the voiceless.
Defending the helpless.
Standing up for human rights.
Serving our neighbor through legal services.
 
    Some of our recent work ...
 
Humanitarian Asylum Granted.  Franklin County Legal Services represented a mother and her child in winning humanitarian asylum in the United States after fleeing for their lives from another country.  They are now safe and are beginning new lives of hope here in Chambersburg.
 
 
Family Reunited.  A mother sought Franklin County Legal Services’ assistance after her husband left her and then took their children from her. She was able to get one child back, but the father would not allow her to see their other child. Through Franklin County Legal Services’ assistance, the mother was reunited with her child and there is now a fair custody order in place.
 
 
Lifeline Provided.  A young woman was awarded permanent residence in the United States, giving her the ability to get a job, stay united with loved ones, get a driver's license, and participate fully in the community.  They are now safe and are beginning new lives of hope here in Chambersburg.
 
 
Care for the Disabled.  Franklin County Legal Services referred a disabled, elderly veteran to a pro bono attorney for services for a Power of Attorney.  The client was staying in a local nursing home and could not physically travel to an attorney’s office for services.  The pro bono attorney visited the client in the nursing home, and prepared the document.  The client needed this Power of Attorney document so his relatives could help him at this time in his life.
 
 
Future Brightened.  A teenage client of Franklin County Legal Services was awarded Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.  This status will protect him from violence, poverty, displacement, and enable him to participate in the normal activities of his classmates, such as getting a  driver’s license and a job. His new legal status has given him a much brighter future.
 
 
Access to Necessities.  Through Franklin County Legal Services' pro bono referral program, we connected a client to a pro bono attorney in the community. The client was in need of guardianship of her severely disabled relative so that the relative could obtain access to necessary services such as speech and physical therapy, counseling, and modifications to the client’s home for the relative’s care.
 
 
Freedom from Fear.  Franklin County Legal Services represented a guardian who had taken in a child who had traveled to the United States to escape danger and neglect.  After a stay at a shelter for unaccompanied youth near the border, the child was placed in the home of the guardian.  The guardian sought custody of the child in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to stabilize the child's life and to help protect him from being deported to an unsafe situation.  The guardian was awarded custody.  Franklin County Legal Services is defending the child in immigration court.
 
 
Home Saved.  Franklin County Legal Services prevented a single mother and her children from losing their home.  The mother's landlord had sued her to force her to unexpectedly uproot her children and move out because she would not sign an unreasonable update to her current lease.  Franklin County Legal Services defended the mother and the court case was dismissed.
 
 
Citizenship Celebrated.  An immigrant worked very hard to learn English and civics in our Citizenship Exam Preparation Class.  Franklin Legal Services also represented her in her naturalization case and the client became a proud citizen of the United States of America.
 
 
Family Kept Together.  Franklin County Legal Services helped keep a family together through obtaining a critical Waiver in a family petition case which will help prevent years of separation for the family across national borders.
 
 
Homelessness Prevented.  A mother living with her children was scheduled to attend an eviction hearing.  After our negotations, the landlord withdrew his lawsuit and a judgment was never entered against the mother.  The family's housing was saved.
 
 
Refuge Provided.  We represented a refugee family in obtaining permanent residence in the United States.  Our representation put the family on solid footing and welcomed them into our community. 
 
 
Mother and Child Reunited.  During a mother's illness, she was sued for custody of her child in court.  Franklin County Legal Services took up her case and defended the mother.  The mother is now reunited with her child.  
Client Testimonials 
 
 "They helped me with getting back to work.  Franklin County Legal Services worked very hard for me to get employment authorization.  Thanks!"
 
 
"FCLS helped me keep my children safe, and in my primary custody." 
 
 
"Franklin County Legal Services helped me with my son's case. They helped me as I am a single mother and I couldn't manage. I want them to keep helping people that need it. They helped me so much and they continue helping me."
 
 
"It has given me the information that I needed to make about a decision about my situation."
 
 
"I want to thank Franklin County Legal Services for all your support as a nonprofit organization because I found so much help for my immigration matter, my children, and my housing issue etc. I'd like the organization to continue helping people in the community. Thanks and may God bless you."
 
 
"I like the work you did for me. Thank you for winning the case."
 
 
"help in a sad time."
 
 
"They patiently provided services to help with the divorce case and citizenship for my father."
 
 
"You have helped me through a lot of situations I could not get through alone."
 
 
"I have come here to ask for help with Gloria and thanks to this program, I have solved many cases. It is a success. Thank you."
 
 
"I came in to see about having a Will done, and also a Power of Attorney. I received a call from Gloria and she found me an attorney. I called them and set up an appointment. Thank you."
 
 
"I'm very grateful for the service received from Franklin County Legal Services. It was very helpful. I knew this process cost a lot of money, but it's $0 for a professional service. Thank you very much."