Director, Center for Children's Advocacy
Martha Stone is the founder and executive director of the Center for Children’s Advocacy, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the legal rights of the state’s most vulnerable children. She is an adjunct professor and teaches an internship course in Child Advocacy. She received her BA from Wheaton College and her JD and LLM from Georgetown University Law Center. She served as associate director of Children’s Rights, Inc., a national organization engaged in foster care litigation around the country, and for 18 years previous to that she was legal director of the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union, now the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. She is responsible for bringing the class action lawsuits resulting in consent decrees involving the Department of Children and Families and the juvenile detention centers. She is the recipient of the Phoebe Bennett Award from the Connecticut Association of Mental Health Clinics; the Public Citizen of the Year Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; the Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut Association of School Superintendents; 50 Most Influential from Hartford Magazine; and the NAACP Wilber G. Smith Excellence in Civil Rights Advocacy Award.