REPRESENTING CHILDREN

As a 1996 graduate of  Georgetown University Law Center , I use my legal skills to help parents of children with special needs navigate the complex legal systems that are intended to help their children.  I offer compassionate yet aggressive advocacy to help you get what your child needs.

I have always been driven to fight for the rights of children. As early as high school, I knew I wanted to use the legal system to get children the help they needed.  I spent many years building my knowledge and honing my skills so that I could establish the law firm I envisioned: one dedicated to legal representation of children.

As soon as I entered law school, I sought out and often created opportunities to learn about the laws affecting children.  In my first summer as a law student, I obtained a grant to work at Children in Placement, a non-profit agency in Connecticut that provides court appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children in child abuse and neglect cases.  Later, I volunteered at the Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect, where I provided research support to attorneys representing children in child abuse and neglect cases.  I later worked as an intern for Attorney Donna Wulkan, providing research support for her representation of children with special education needs.  During my second summer as a law student, I was again fortunate to receive a grant and worked at the National Center for Youth Law, a non-profit law firm dedicated to improving the lives of low-income children.  I spent the summer supporting the Center’s work on housing discrimination against families with children and improving the well-being of children in foster care.  In my last year of law school, I enrolled in the Juvenile Justice Clinic, where I represented youth charged with crimes in Washington DC’s juvenile justice system.

After graduation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1996, I focused on developing both my skills as a litigator and my knowledge of the broad array of laws affecting children.  As a staff attorney for the New Hampshire Public Defender, I developed my skills as a litigator and took a leadership role in enhancing training specific to the representation of children in delinquency cases.  I wanted to ensure that new attorneys not only defended their child clients but also sought to understand why they were coming to the attention of the juvenile justice system and take steps to address their unmet needs. In 1999, I became a staff attorney at the Disabilities Rights Center and represented children and adults in disability discrimination cases, including special education cases.  In late 2001, I returned to my native state of Connecticut to work at the Center for Children’s Advocacy, a non-profit law office that represents children living in poverty.  As the Director of the Child Abuse Project, I represented children in child abuse and neglect cases, provided training and mentoring to new attorneys, and advocated for important systemic changes.

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TESTIMONIALS

I had the privilege of working with Christina Ghio in two law offices. I was the Managing Attorney when Christina came to work at the New Hampshire Public Defender, and was happy to have her join me when I left NHPD to go the Disabilities Rights Center. We worked together for five years. Christina is an excellent attorney with outstanding research and writing skills, as well as a very caring manner with her clients. She is an excellent listener and takes what she learns from her clients to pursue their goals in court, mediation, and negotiation. I would highly recommend her for representation in both adult and juvenile matters.
Amy Messer, Legal Director at Disabilities Rights Center
When we worked together at the NH Public Defender, Attorney Ghio was the “go-to” person for juvenile delinquency matters, and was responsible for training and supervising lawyers in the state’s 2 largest offices in properly handling juvenile matters. Attorney Ghio is a smart, hard-working, and dedicated lawyer. She is strong voice for juveniles in the justice process, and a tireless advocate for children and young adults. I have the greatest respect for Attorney Ghio, and would recommend her to clients without reservation.
Richard Samdperil, Partner/Attorney at Samdperil & Welsh, PLLC
Christina is a zealous and gifted advocate and policymaker on behalf of vulnerable children and their families. She successfully implemented significant statewide reforms on behalf of children involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. She also advocated successfully on behalf of the rights of individual children, provided consultation and training to attorneys and judges and represented the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) in legal action and negotations on behalf of children with significant mental health needs. Her work at the OCA exemplifies her unique expertise with the systems that are obligated to respond and care for children in Connecticut.
Elysa Gordon, Senior Advisor to the President at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Christina was a pleasure to work with and is an extremely dedicated and skilled advocate for children and families. I would love to work with her again and would recommend her to anyone seeking an attorney for themselves or their child.
Renee Vanden Wall Bake, Juris Doctor
“Attorney Ghio combined reassuring empathy in our pre-trial preparation with cool efficiency in the courtroom. Her knowledge of child-centered case law is vast, and her expertise saved our family.”
Todd and Traci, Adoptive Parents
“Attorney Ghio helped me to understand the law and my legal options. She always took the time and answered my questions.”
Beth, Adoptive Parent
“I could never say enough about Attorney Ghio. She was clear on what she could do for us, she listened, she was compassionate, she was available, always returned calls and did not pressure us.”
Mr. and Mrs. P., Legal Guardians
“Attorney Ghio explained to me all my options, and explained them all more than once. She gave us time to make sure it was what we wanted and she did a perfect job.”
T., a minor child
Every day my daughter and I and those who care about her are thankful to Attorney Ghio. Although Karen was first diagnosed with “problems” at the age of 2 nothing worked. She deteriorated over the years and wound up spending over 20 years institutionalized. After trying many things I finally was referred to Attorney Ghio. It was a long, hard time. There were many meetings with large groups from DMHAS’ doctors and attorneys. I sat beside Attorney Ghio at each meeting. Finally she/we won. My daughter has now been in her own apartment since December 2014 with services she requires due to her physical and psychological deficits. My daughter has successfully transitioned to the community. We owe this opportunity for a life to Attorney Ghio. I cannot thank her enough.
Martha H., Parent
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