Who is trying to take your kids away - CPS or the other parent, etc?
If it is CPS the court will generally give you a court appointed attorney.
You can also contact baylegal.org and the Contra Costa County Bar Association to ask about their volunteer attorney program http://www.cccba.org/community/find-a-lawyer/index.php
This answer is a general interpretation of the law and is not fact specific to your case. Likewise it does not create an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for a review of your specific facts and documents. My firm is All for the Family Legal Clinic, Inc. a nonprofit public benefit corporation that charges on a sliding scale based on income and family size. For a consultation contact us 510-999-7732 or at our website www.allforthefamilylegalclinic.org
Like my colleague said, you should be able to get a court appointed attorney if the state is trying to take your kids.
As stated in the other answers, you should be able to receive a court appointed attorney to help you. If not, contact your local bar association to see if they have a pro bono program.
When responding to questions posted on Avvo, I provide a general purpose response based on California law as I am licensed in California. In reviewing my response, you are specifically advised that your use of, or reliance upon any response I provide is not advisable. I do not have all relevant background details or facts related to your issue / matter, thus I am not in a position to give you legal advice. Further, your review, use of, or reliance upon my response does not establish an attorney-client relationship between us nor does it qualify as a legal consultation for any purpose.
Sign up to receive a 5-part series of useful information and advice about child custody law.
Years licensed, work experience, educationLegal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awardsLegal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagementsDiscipline