My solo practice is focused on advocating for children. Most of my clients are parents or guardians who are trying to obtain special education services for children with disabilities.  I also defend parents against unfair allegations of child abuse and neglect, help parents obtain in-home mental health services, and help parents obtain services from adult agencies as children transition to adulthood.  If the child lands in juvenile court for truancy or delinquency, I may assist with those matters as well.  My goal is to help parents navigate Connecticut’s various service systems to obtain the services they need and avoid unnecessary and unhelpful legal entanglement in juvenile court proceedings.


When you entrust me with helping you to help a child you love, I take that responsibility seriously.
I will listen to you, answer your questions, help you understand the law and the options available to you, and use my education, skills,
and experience to provide you with the best legal representation of which I am capable.



“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
“Attorney Ghio was very clear about what services she could and could not provide. She was also very responsive and knowledgeable.”
Christine, Adoptive Parent
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